Train your calves to drink

Lifetime productivity starts when the calf is born. The better start in life you give your calves, the more likely they are to grow into healthy, productive and profitable assets. The future success of your dairy farm depends on the success of your calf management program. Continue reading

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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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Successful reproduction is at the heart of the dairy business

Successful reproduction lies at the heart of any dairy operation – without regular calvings there will be difficulties in producing the desired amount of milk. As a direct result of this, infertility – or perhaps, more accurately, the inability of the … Continue reading

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Minimising mastitis and maximizing cow lifetime productivity

It is the second biggest cause of involuntary culling of dairy cows, and it can infect up to 50% of all dairy herds in the US and Europe: mastitis is a constant threat among dairy herds which can have expensive … Continue reading

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How scheduled parlour services can help prevent mastitis

Being proactive and scheduling parlour services will help you prevent mastitis and increase cow longevity 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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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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