Expert system for cow transfer between feeding groups: potential applications for automatic self feeding and milking Academic Article uri icon


  • Summary Milk yield and body weights of dairy cows in a commercial herd were measured daily and analysed, to identify characteristic variables for automatic routine decision to transfer individual cows from a high to a less dense total mixed ration. The variables chosen were used as fuzzy sets in software that was developed to incorporate fuzzy logic and rules for cow transfer derived from physiological analysis of the milk yield and body weight curves. The efficiency of the expert system was assessed by analysing transfer decisions and the performance of cows transferred according to expert system recommendations. The special application of this system in relation to supplementing concentrates individually in an automatic milking system is discussed.

publication date

  • November 1, 1992