Automation and new technology

The benefits of automation on the dairy farm can be seen in improved profitability, animal health, lifestyle and milk quality. Automation saves time, but it can also provide information that will enable dairy farmers to be proactive rather than reactive, especially in terms of nutrition, reproduction and animal health. Imagine a dairy farm where technology takes care of detection of heat and pregnancy, detection and prevention of mastitis, milking, and even the calf feeding.

Generally automation falls within three main areas (click on the links to read more about them):

Automation of miking-related tasks

Monitoring the cow for more accurate decisions about health and nutrition

• Automation of feeding and tasks involving heavy labour

The improved production efficiency within areas like nutrition, reproduction and cow comfort also supports a more sustainable dairy farming, as these are factors that can help mitigate green house gas emissions according to a study by Place and Mithloener at the University of California.

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Automatic Milking

Automatic milking is becoming more and more interesting to milk producers around the world. In the next few months we will post interviews and articles about AMS milking. For the curious, but also for those of you who are already milking with robots, for benchmarking and sharing of best practices. Let us know if there is any particular subject within Automatic Milking that you would like to read more about.

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Monitoring the cow's body for more accurate decisions about health and nutrition

Automation technology is changing the way we produce milk, and the benefits are far-reaching: improved profitability, milk quality, lifestyle and animal welfare. It can also provide us with information about the cow that we have not had before, to support decision-making.

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The role of new technology in the dairy industry

Automation technology is changing the way we produce milk, and the benefits are far-reaching: improved profitability, milk quality, lifestyle and animal welfare. It can also provide us with information about the cow that we have not had before, to support decision-making. But is automation and new technology for everyone, and is it the only way to stay profitable? We asked Dr. Jeffrey Bewley, Assistant Professor at University of Kentucky and expert in precision dairy farming, how he sees the role of technology in dairy farming.

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