Why we really need to think about extending the lifetime productivity of a cow  

Dairy farmers need to replace cows in the herd frequently because of health and reproduction issues; yet this expensive practice could also be avoided in some cases through a range of simple, effective measures. Isn’t that part of what sustainable farming … Continue reading

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Herd Navigator: the way ahead

How much time and effort could you save if you could identify problems like mastitis or ketosis, before they became a problem in your dairy herd? And how much extra profit might you earn, if you could spot the animals … Continue reading

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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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Reducing electricity consumption on farm – by management

As more and more dairy farms turn to automation for labour-intensive tasks such as milking and feeding, electricity costs increase. In this post I look at some farm management activities that can reduce electricity consumption and operational expenses.

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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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How farmers can affect their use of energy on farm

This year’s Earth Hour is scheduled for Saturday, March 29 from 8.30pm-9.30 pm CET. The aim is to encourage individuals, communities and businesses to turn off non-essential lights for one hour, as a symbol of their commitment to a more sustainable society, but … 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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Reduce the need for antibiotics by monitoring cell count

Resistance to antibiotics is a significant problem in society today and it is important to find ways of reducing usage without  jeopardizing the health of  cows and humans. In dairy, one solution is not to increase the level of treatment but … Continue reading

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