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Use of a computer-aided design to develop a stress simulation model for lactating dairy sheep

Dimauro, Corrado and Cappio Borlino, Aldo and Macciotta, Nicolò Pietro Paolo and Pulina, Giuseppe (2007) Use of a computer-aided design to develop a stress simulation model for lactating dairy sheep. Livestock Science, Vol. 106 (2-3), p. 200-209. ISSN 1871-1413. Article.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.livsci.2006.08.005


A mechanistic model of the mammary gland able to simulate the milk production process in dairy sheep was constructed by using a computer-aided simulation via object-oriented modelling. Such an approach, rather innovative in animal science, allows the construction of complex models avoiding the use of non-linear differential equations. The model was structured into three sub units: alveolar, energy and milk sub-models. It was used to mimic the milk production process of dairy sheep. Moreover, the model was used to simulate the effects on milk production of external stresses represented by the variation in milking frequency and a reduction in the energy supplied to the animal with the diet.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:3617
Uncontrolled Keywords:Simulation model, lactation curve, stress, dairy sheep
Subjects:Area 07 - Scienze agrarie e veterinarie > AGR/17 Zootecnica generale e miglioramento genetico
Area 07 - Scienze agrarie e veterinarie > AGR/19 Zootecnica speciale
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Scienze zootecniche
Publisher:Elsevier Science
Deposited On:23 Mar 2010 13:19

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