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Measurement of camel milk flow with lactocorder

Moashi Y., Musaad A., Faye B.. 2015. Veterinariâ, 42 (2) : p. 409-410. 4th Conference of the International Society of Camelid Research and Development/ISOCARD 2015. 4, 2015-06-08/2015-06-12, Almaty (Kazakhstan).

In the frame of monitoring of milk performances in a intensive camel dairy farm, the milk production and the milk flow are regularly recorded by using Lactocorder ©. This apparatus is connected to the milking machine and 30 parameters are recorded including total milk yield, maximal flow, time of maximal flow, total milk duration, mean milk flow, presence of bimodality, the foam percentage and electric conductivity. Lactocorder © apparatus is also able to show graphs of the milk flow. The present communication is reporting the data monitored over one year. A typology of the milk flow graphs is done showing 3 main types of milk flow: with plateau and mono-modality, without plateau but with bimodality or just with a peak. These graphs are an important tool for selecting the best dairy camels, not only in terms of production volume, but also in terms of milking facility. It is possible also to assess the relative importance of cisternal and alveolar milk. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés : production laitière; lait de chamelle; performance animale; machine à traire; aptitude laitière; animal laitier; chameau

Thématique : Elevage - Considérations générales; Physiologie et biochimie animales; Machines et matériels agricoles; Méthodes de relevé

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