Robots Increase Efficiency for Dairy Education and Research

Institut de technologie agroalimentaire brings latest robotic technology to the classroom

[CORRECTED] ST-HYACINTHE, QC (July 18, 2019) – Students and staff at the Institut de technologie agroalimentaire (ITA) will make use of the latest robotic technology for both research and education this fall: the DeLaval VMS™ milking system V300. Setting the new standard in robotic milking for production and education, the VMS V300 is an excellent fit for the education of young dairymen and women entering the industry.

“DeLaval is committed to the next generation of dairy producers,” says Johnny Dionne, DeLaval District Manager. “Many ITA students return to the farm after graduation or enter the workforce as technicians. We’re excited to see an environment that includes technology they will use in the future.”

ITA and DeLaval representatives.

While other schools across Canada have embraced earlier versions of robotic milking for education, the ITA St-Hyacinthe campus is the first to add the VMS V300 to their learning experience. The fully-functional robot will be added to the classroom this fall. 

“It’s really important for our agriculture schools to be able to teach using robotic technology,” says Philippe Belisle, Owner, Les Équipements Laitiers LCB – the DeLaval dealer working on the project. “We’re honoured to work with the school and DeLaval to help equip our industry with this progressive learning and research opportunity.”

DeLaval VMS V300.

With a 10 percent higher capacity, up to 50 percent faster attachment time, up to 99.8 percent attachment rate, up to 99 percent teat spray hit rate, real quarter milking, lower running cost than earlier systems and with a potential of up to 7,500 pounds of milk per day, the VMS V300 has set a new industry performance standard since its release in 2018*.

With a reputation for quality that has grown stronger over the years, the ITA is the ideal place to study in agriculture. With the highest concentration of students destined to take over a farming business in Quebec, ITA collaborates in the preparation of a high-quality succession thanks to the multidisciplinary expertise of a large faculty. 

“The combination of the ITA’s elite programs and staff, with the VMS V300, is sure to benefit Quebec’s dairy industry in the coming years,” says Dionne. 

*Data collected on test and pilot farms. Results may vary and are not guaranteed.

CORRECTION (September 2, 2019): In the press release “Robots increase efficiency for dairy education and research” published on July 17, 2019, Pascal Giguére, teacher of Technologie du genie agroméchanique at the Institut de technologie agroalimentaire (ITA), was mistakenly quoted. Giguére’s title (“Training Manager”) was also incorrectly stated.  Finally, the original statement implied that three functional robots would be in the classroom; there will be only one functional robot at ITA. 

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