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Sensors 2012, 12(4), 4493-4513; doi:10.3390/s120404493

Evaluation of Commercial Probes for On-Line Electrical Conductivity Measurements during Goat Gland Milking Process

Department of Tecnología Agroalimentaria, Escuela Politécnica Superior de Orihuela and Department of Ingeniería de Sistemas y Automatica, nBio Group, Quorum V Building, Campus de Elche, Universidad Miguel Hernández, Spain
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Received: 18 January 2012 / Revised: 21 February 2012 / Accepted: 16 March 2012 / Published: 10 April 2012
(This article belongs to the Section Biosensors)
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Abstract

The measurement of the milk electrical conductivity (EC) during mechanical milking has been widely studied for mastitis detection on cows because its improving of welfare and animal health, although research about small ruminants is scarce. The aim of this study was to evaluate the performance of three commercial conductimeters to be used during mechanical milking of small ruminant halves, especially Murciano-Granadina goats. The objective of this research was to integrate the probes on the milking unit and to check the suitability of the probe selected. The results presented in this research have guided authors to discard the commercial probes and to establish the requirements of a new probe design that is briefly outlined in the conclusions of this contribution.
Keywords: electrical conductivity; on-line measurements; goat milk; mastitis detection electrical conductivity; on-line measurements; goat milk; mastitis detection
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Romero, G.; Díaz, J.R.; Sabater, J.M.; Perez, C. Evaluation of Commercial Probes for On-Line Electrical Conductivity Measurements during Goat Gland Milking Process. Sensors 2012, 12, 4493-4513.

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