The Hullemans of Lacombe, Alberta arrived at a crossroads when deciding on the future of their dairy.
“We were looking into are we going to hire somebody or are we going to go invest in technology,” said owner Martijn Hulleman. He and his wife, Moniek, ultimately opted for dairy automation with the installation of two DeLaval VMS™ milking system V300 units in 2019.
Hulleman Farms milks about 100 cows in a free-flow cow traffic system, and Martijn noted there is room to expand. “The nice thing is with the V300 that there’s so much capacity left over. There’s 30 percent idle time on one robot.” He continues: “Because it takes its time and washes and massages with the cup really good, I think the milk letdown is huge and results in a shorter box time.”
Martijn and Moniek also enjoy the flexibility the VMS V300 has added to their lifestyle. “It’s opened up a lot of opportunities for us as a family too,” Moniek added. “We’re able to run the farm with him full time and me part-time and the kids seem to enjoy it.”
Key Performance Indicators
Cows per robot: 53 (including a few feed only)
Total milk yield / robot / day: 4,316 lbs
Milk yield / cow / day: 39.6
Milking time per visit: 6 min 15 sec
Milking visits / cow / day: 3
Incomplete milkings: 2%
Idle time per robot: 34%