The formula for managing a profitable dairy business is changing to include greater automation and precision technology. Some teaching institutions and key producers, like Comestar Holstein of Quebec, are ahead of the pack.
Comestar Holstein Invests in Robotic Milking
Known around the world for its outstanding genetics, Comestar Holstein is preparing for a new phase in its storied history, one that will see them move to voluntary milking powered by DeLaval. The Comtois family, including Marc and his wife, France, and their children Kathleen, Steve, and Julie and her husband Julien Turmel, will milk their award-winning herd with a total of eight VMS™ V300 units starting next year. “There will be more freedom and comfort for the animal,” says Marc of the switch to robotic milkers. Read the press release to learn more, including Semex CEO Paul Larmer’s take on the Comtois’ decision.
Robots Enhance Dairy Education and Research
Higher education institutions in both the U.S. and Canada recently added DeLaval VMS™ V300 technology to their learning experiences.
At Clemson University in South Carolina, students will have the unique opportunity to work first-hand with robotic milkers. The school’s LaMaster Dairy is milking 160 cows with three DeLaval VMS™ milking system V300 robots. The university is the first U.S. educational institution to implement our latest milking technology.
“This was a great solution to help with our labor issues and to demonstrate a modern solution for our producers,” says John Andrae, Clemson University Experiment Station Assistant Director. “It allows our researchers to explore dairy nutrition and dairy management research that’s relevant to robotic milkers, which is something unique for university in general and particularly for those in the Southeast.” Watch the video or read the press release to learn more.
Students and staff at the Institut de technologie agroalimentaire (ITA) in Quebec, Canada will also make use of VMS V300 technology for both research and education this fall.
“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.” Read the press release to learn more.
Farm Tours Highlight ‘Next-Gen’ Dairy Technology
DeLaval has been fortunate enough to host dozens of dairy producers and dealers on recent farm tours in the Midwest. Our goal: show people what the future of farming looks like, which undoubtedly will include more precision dairy technology like the new DeLaval VMS™ milking system V300 and DeLaval teat spray robot TSR for rotary milking operations. Thank you to all of our participating farms who represent some of the industry’s most progressive producers.
If you missed the bus for our latest tours, check out our upcoming events.