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Gewählte Master / Diploma Thesis:

Tamara Glantschnig (2013): Ermittlung des Arbeitszeitaufwands auf Milchviehbetrieben mit unstrukturierter Kompostfläche nach finalen Arbeitszeiterfassungsmethoden.
Master / Diploma Thesis - Institut für Landtechnik, BOKU-Universität für Bodenkultur, pp 141. UB BOKU obvsg FullText

Data Source: ZID Abstracts
On Austrian farms many labor hours are necessary to run the farm successfully. This fact often goes at the expense of the health and the personal wellbeing. Farmers have to increase production efficiency forced by the structural changes in the agricultural sector. Therefore, rising of herd sizes and expansion or building a new stable are unavoidable. Compost beeded packed barns makes it possible, that dairy cows have enough lying surface to satisfy their natural behavioral need to rest. In Austria, some farms already keep milking cows in compost beeded packed barns. The aim of the survey was the evaluation of the labor time required in comparison to other housing systems. Seven companies took part in the study. The collection of the data was carried out through interviews with a questionnaire and by keeping a working-time-diary. This diary was filled out by the manager over two recording periods, in each period for 14 days. Data were collected for daily and non-daily activities. The working time requirement for daily work and not daily work, on an average, were 5.22 APmin per cow and day or 32 APh per cow and year based on interview results and 7.75 APmin per cow and day or 47 APh per cow and year according to the diary recordings (without management acivities). The average working time requirement in dairy farming is between 39.8 and 160 APh per year. The influencing factors, number of cows and mechanization, influenced the time requirements, regressive impacts by an increasing mechanization and the number of cows were identified. The farmers had a very positive opinion about the compost beeded packed barn in general and they were also satisfied with the working conditions. The compost beeded packed barn can be seen as an alternative to save labor hours and maximize animal welfare in dairy farming.

Beurteilende(r): Quendler Elisabeth

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