“I think the robotic milking system will lead the way in animal welfare.”
Marcus Crowden’s home farm, Ritchies Plains, needed an upgrade and they wanted to milk more cows. To maximise their production, they converted their run-off block into a second farm. They now milk 240 of their 600 cows with the VMS system.
Marcus was nervous about how the voluntary system would work on a pasture-based system, and although he has faced challenges, he thinks the robotic milking system is the way of the future. He has seen an increase in labour efficiency and they are now able to milk 600 cows over two farms, rather 350 over one using conventional milking systems.
Marcus has seen the effects the robotic milking system has had on his cows first hand and he believes his robotic milking system puts him ahead of the curve in terms of animal welfare. “Veterinary bills are extremely low on this farm. Lameness and mastitis problems are so much better,” he says. When he implemented the robotic milking system, he noticed how quickly the cows adapted to it.
“It would be hard to go any other way than DeLaval.”