Automatic milking-what is it?

Robot milkers in a milking hall

Today, more people around the world live in cities than in rural areas. The World Health Organization estimates that by 2030, 6 out of every 10 people will live in a city, and by 2050, this proportion will increase to 7 out of 10 people. The explosive growth of cities and the rapid formation of a large global middle class mean that the consumption of value-added products such as dairy is set to increase dramatically over the next few decades.

Ensuring that global milk production can meet future demands means we need to find even more ways to produce dairy products like milk and other foods more efficiently. The key is sustainability and taking a long-term view of food production in terms of the reduction of environmental impact and also encouraging the economical stability needed to run a business in a competitive market such as food production.

Automatic milking refers to the extraction of milk from dairy animals without human labor. Milk extraction is only one of many areas in dairy farming that can be automated. Farmers can for example use semi-automatic or automatic gates to control cow traffic, there are automatic cluster release systems that can be used to remove milking equipment from animals and automatic teat spraying systems are used to clean and disinfect teats.

Farmers can choose the degree of automation that best suits their needs.

Automatic milking systems (AMS) are designed to make dairy farms more efficient and profitable without the hard work. AMS have been commercially available since the early 1990s and enable dairy farmers to significantly reduce the amount of manual labor required in the milking process. In addition to lowering staffing costs and avoiding problems such as availability, AMS gives farmers more time to focus on farm management issues such as feeding, breeding, health and hygiene - as well as spending more time on leisure activities and with their families. For the farmer, this has meant an improvement in quality of life. For the cow, it has also resulted in improved quality of life as well as longevity.

AMS are complete solutions comprising automated feeding, milking, analyzing, reproduction, and cooling processes. Each part of the chain provides necessary data and performance criteria which can then be analyzed to deliver lower feeding costs, improved breeding performance and healthy, productive cows.

Is there a difference between automatic milking and robotic milking?

The terms “automatic milking“ and  “robotic milking” are today used interchangeably to mean the extraction of milk from dairy animals without human intervention.

DeLaval automatic milking systems comprise a full quarter milking machine, a teat positioning system, a robotic milking arm, automatic take off of the teat cups and a gate system for managing cow traffic.  Finally, the DelPro management system checks and analyses data.

Why would you choose a milking robot?

Contact your local sales representative in your country with any questions.

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