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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 759019, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/759019
Research Article

Design of Information System for Milking Dairy Cattle and Detection of Mastitis

1Department of Electronic Engineering, National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology, Kaohsiung 824, Taiwan
2Department of Information Technology, Meiho University, Pingtung 912, Taiwan

Received 26 June 2014; Accepted 15 August 2014; Published 31 August 2014

Academic Editor: Teen-Hang Meen

Copyright © 2014 Ming-Chih Chen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

A novel information system for detecting mastitis in dairy cattle and managing their milking processes in the milking parlor is designed. The system comprises three major subsystems—the mastitis detection device, the information display device, and the cloud database. The mastitis detection device can detect and evaluate the degree of mastitis immediately before the milking operations are carried out. The information display device shows information on the health of the dairy cattle obtained from a cloud database to manage the milk production of a dairy farm. Importantly, the proposed system utilizes a wireless sensor network (WSN) with low power consumption that connects the information display device with the remote management system. Experimental results reveal that our proposed system can reduce the risk of milking cattle with mastitis and improve efficiency of milk production.