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See detailAdding value to test-day data by using modified best prediction method
Gillon, Alain ULg; Abras, Sven; Mayeres, Patrick et al

in ICAR Technical Series (2010, November), 14

Computation of lactation yields from test-day data has lost much of its importance for genetic evaluations as the use of test-day models is currently quite widespread. In the other hand its interest for ... [more ▼]

Computation of lactation yields from test-day data has lost much of its importance for genetic evaluations as the use of test-day models is currently quite widespread. In the other hand its interest for intra-farm management is increasing as a base for advanced management tools. The first and principal aim of this study was to develop a method which takes into account advantages and disadvantages of existing methods, and to test its potential to provide useful management tools to dairy farmers. A test-day model with modifications to able daily run and management tools was developed. Because of its similarities with best prediction, the method developed here was called modified best prediction. The second objective was to compare the accuracy of this new method with best prediction and test interval methods. Modified best prediction showed good results for predicting daily yields and was slightly better than best prediction for lactation yields prediction. Management tools obtained with modified best prediction are explained. [less ▲]

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See detailPotential estimation of titratable acidity in cow milk using mid-infrared spectrometry
Colinet, Frédéric ULg; Soyeurt, Hélène ULg; Anceau, Christine ULg et al

in ICAR Technical Series (2010), 14

Milk coagulation has a direct effect on cheese yield. Several factors influence the milk coagulation kinetics. In addition to calcium and milk protein concentrations, titratable acidity influences all the ... [more ▼]

Milk coagulation has a direct effect on cheese yield. Several factors influence the milk coagulation kinetics. In addition to calcium and milk protein concentrations, titratable acidity influences all the phases of milk coagulation. The objective of this research was to study the feasibility of prediction of titratable acidity directly in bovine milk using mid-infrared spectrometry. In order to maximize the variability in the measurements of titratable acidity, milk samples were collected on basis of several criteria (e.g. breeds). The titratable acidity was recorded as Dornic degree. All samples were also analyzed by MIR spectrometry. Using partial least squares regressions and first derivative pretreatment of spectral data, a calibration equation was built to predict the Dornic degree in cow milk. First results were promising and showed the potentiality to this calibration. The calibration and cross-validation coefficients of determination were 92.25 and 89.88 %, respectively. Moreover, the ratio of standard error of prediction to standard deviation was 3.13 and permits us to consider the calibration equation as usable in most application such as scientific researches and the screening of the Walloon dairy herd particularly in order to improve the milk coagulation properties. [less ▲]

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