“What we used to do with five people, we can now do with three.”
At Kilchis Mist Dairy, Tillamook, Oregon, the Averill Family has been milking cows for three generations. Half of the herd today is milked by six DeLaval VMS™ robots.
The milk-first, guided cow traffic set-up encourages cows to visit the DeLaval VMS™ an average of 2.5 times a day, while each barn’s automated DeLaval Feed Pusher ensures there is something for the cow at the feedbunk when she’s finished milking.
But something else has happened. The atmosphere has changed on the farm. The six DeLaval Swinging Cow Brushes may be partly to thank, but either way, farm owner Donnie Averill likes how calm and docile the cows in the robotic barns are compared to their conventionally milked cows.
“The robots let the cows do their thing. As a result, I think the longevity of our cows will increase. Instead of getting 3-4 lactations per cow, I think we can get 1-2 more with the robots.”
Another clear advantage of installing the new system has been the farm’s reduction in labor. “What we used to do with five people, we can now do with three.”