Special Issue "Dairy Production Systems: Efficiency, Profitability, Technology and Sustainability"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.
Interests: forages; ruminant nutrition; feeding; dairy cow; robotics and technology/automation in dairying
Interests: animal behavior and welfare; data-driven agriculture; advanced livestock
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Interests: Livestock production system; animal nutrition; forages; food security
Interests: Livestock production and welfare; Pain mitigation; Animal behaviour and welfare science; Best practice livestock production; Industry and stakeholder engagement
Dairy farmers around the world are facing unprecedented challenges to produce milk, included increased costs, climate variability and extreme weather events; competition for resources and markets; and changing community expectations due to climate change, animal health and welfare, and public health issues.
In this context, the question of how dairy production systems, whether intensive or extensive, indoor or pasture-based, conventional or robotic, or any of the existing variants within these; will evolve or adapt to address these challenges, is more relevant than ever. The focus of this special edition revolves around that question.
We invite original manuscripts on any aspect concerning the efficiency, profitability, application of technology and sustainability of all types of dairy production systems.
In particular, studies that focus on overcoming limitation/s of production systems or that address aspects that may differentiate systems or increase their competitiveness (e.g. animal productivity and welfare, efficiency; environmental impact; application of technology; and factors affecting profitability), are welcome.
Prof. Sergio C. Garcia
Dr. Cameron Clark
Dr. Rafiq Islam
Dr. Sabrina Lomax
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Animals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- Dairy Production Systems
- Pasture-based systems
- Indoor-dairy systems, Conventional milking
- Automatic milking
- Extensive/intensive dairy systems
- Farm profitability
- Climate change
- Animal welfare
- Dairy systems competitiveness