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Francisco Rodriguez

About Francisco Rodriguez

Doctor in Veterinary Medicine and Strategic Marketing Management Specialist. Dairy entrepreneur and Holstein Breeder, born and raised between dairy cows and genetic proofs. Based in the heart of the Dairy industry, Madison, Wisconsin. Expert in Robotic Milking and precision dairy management, a whole life dedicated to milk production motivated by passion with a purpose. Francisco is on twitter as @FranciscoJRV.

How to move from conventional to robotic milking – part 2: What to do with 2 months to go

In the second of our two posts examining the necessary steps for a smooth transition from conventional milking to robotic milking, we look at herd preparation.

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How to move from conventional to robotic milking

In the first of two posts we look at the necessary steps for a smooth transition from conventional milking to robotic milking. Here we consider the issues that need to be addressed up to six months before startup.

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KPIs: the key to managing your robotic milking operation

If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. If you want to see how well your robotic milking operation is running, then it’s important to use some specific key performance indicators (KPIs).

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Making a good robotic milking facility great: the cow’s perspective

Installing an automatic milking system doesn’t bring instant answers to dairy farming challenges in itself: to get the very best output from the herd requires careful thought, planning and consideration. And the best place to start is by looking at … Continue reading

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What robotic milking can and can’t do for the dairy farmer

Today approximately 10,000 farms across the globe milk more than 1.2 million cows in automatic milking systems. Northern Europe, Holland, Germany and France have lead this paradigm shift in milking. Ninety percent of new equipment installations in Sweden and Finland, and … Continue reading

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On guided cow traffic and feeding strategies in robotic dairies

In our last blog, we discussed the most common cow traffic system, free cow traffic. This post discusses the second option, guided cow traffic. Guided cow traffic increases robot capacity and labour efficiency This cow traffic system is designed to increase … Continue reading

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Free cow traffic systems in robotic dairies

No two robotic dairy operations are the same. Every farm is as unique as the people who run them. In order to get the best return on your investment, it’s wise to research proven methods used by other farmers in … Continue reading

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Daily routines of a robotic milking producer

With a milking robot producers can work smarter rather than harder. They might also enjoy a better quality of life with added flexibility in their schedule and activities – a clear advantage of robotic milking over conventional operations. A milking … Continue reading

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Is Milk-first pre-selection the right choice when planning your Robotic Milking facility?

This cow traffic system is designed to increase robot capacity and labor efficiency. In this system a selection gate is used to guide and pre-select cows for milking. The gate’s software determines whether or not a cow has permission to … Continue reading

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Is free cow traffic the right choice when planning your Robotic Milking barn?

With a free cow traffic system, cows decide when to eat, milk and rest without a specific order or pattern. Due to its simplicity and relative performance, free flow has been very popular around the world, working under different scenarios … Continue reading

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