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Robotic milking: an introduction

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Introduction

  • Robotics in the dairy industry have existed on farms for over 30 years.
  • Robots can now milk cows, pick feed, mix feed and feed the ration to cows, collect and manage slurry, pushback feed and even manage nitrogen waste.
  • All this is available and beneficial to the producer, but the question is, what does robot milking offer to the veterinary profession?
  • Many producers feel that the ability of the cow to make her own choices on milking have beneficial impacts on the welfare of the animals under their care. It is important to the veterinary profession to be able to link this with evidence and efficiency within the dairy business.
  • This article outlines the many touchpoints that veterinarians should be aware of when interacting with Automatic Milking Systems (AMS).

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People

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Equipment

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Management

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Environment

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Monitoring

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Summary

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Maltz E (2020) Individual dairy cow management: achievements, obstacles and prospects. J Dairy Res 87 (2), 145-157 PubMed.
  • Tse C, Barkema H W, Devries T J, Rushen J & Pajor E A (2017) Effect of transitioning to automatic milking systems on producers' perceptions of farm management and cow health in the Canadian dairy industry. J Dairy Sci 100 (3), 2404-2414 PubMed.
  • Tremblay M, Hess J P, Christenson B M et al (2016) Factors associated with increased milk production for automatic milking systems. J Dairy Sci 99 (5), 3824-3837 PubMed.
  • Rollin E, Dhuyvetter K C & Overton M W (2015) The cost of clinical mastitis in the first 30 days of lactation: An economic modelling tool. Preventive Vet Med 122 (3), 257-264 PubMed.
  • Jacobs J A & Siegford J M (2012) Invited review: The impact of automatic milking systems on dairy cow management, behavior, health, and welfare. J Dairy Sci 95 (5), 2227-2247 PubMed.
  • Bach A, Dinares M, Devant M & Carre X (2007) Associations between lameness and production, feeding and milking attendance of Holstein cows milked with an automatic milking system. J Dairy Res 74 (1), 40-46 PubMed.
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