Challenging the Status Quo of Robotic Milking

By Francisco Rodriguez, Integrated Robotics, Manager

The evolution of robotic milking continues. And today, it’s changing in a big way. It all revolves around you.

Less than a decade ago, we were talking about robots being only for a niche market, mostly small- to medium-sized operations. At that time, a producer could expect robot capacity at 50 cows per robot and productivity per cow per day at around 36 kg. of milk. Now, I regularly speak to dairies of every size and configuration, from dozens of cows to thousands of cows and from grazing systems to loose housing systems, about automating their milk production.

Thanks to hard work and visionary thinking, 65 cows per robot, 45 kg. of milk, and 3,175 kg. per robot per day are achievable milestones today. Robotics is no longer for a group of niche producers; there are larger “proof of concept farms” proving every day that robotics is the sustainable choice for dairies of any size.

At DeLaval, as industry leaders and innovators, we feel proud to once more challenge the status quo of robotic milking with the introduction of the new DeLaval VMS™ V300.

Featuring a state-of-the-art attachment system, faster milking, less box time and better farm data connectivity, the DeLaval VMS V300 could help you harvest more milk per robot per day while giving you more time to focus on other things you feel are important.

Our latest innovation has arrived to redefine the parameters and standards of robotic milking. Will 70 cows be the new 60? This is something we hope you’ll consider for your own dairy business as you read the latest edition of The Navigator.

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