Tag: DeLaval

Dairy Robots Finding A Fit On U.S. Farms

Dairy milking robots have found their niche in Canada, but where do they fit on U.S. dairy farms? The popularity of robots in Canada can be linked to the fact that the technology fits well into this country’s smaller farms and because our supply management system provides a financial footing for farmers to invest. But… Read more »

Dairy School: Milking Parlour or Robots – Finding the Best Fit

When Monkton, Ontario-based dairy producers Rick and Theresa Portena planned their recent expansion they decided that a 40-stall herringbone rotary milking parlour would anchor their operation. The Portenas considered milking robots but they’re big fans of parlours. They like to get the milking done as fast and efficiently as possible and they don’t like to… Read more »

Dairy School: Portena Family Plans Expansion With Rotary Parlour

Dairy farm expansion typically focuses on adding more cows to increase production. That’s certainly the case for Monkton, Ontario-based producers Rick and Theresa Portena, but the Portenas also want a better opportunity to milk cows themselves. In this inaugural episode of Real Agriculture’s Dairy School, the Portenas’ share the strategy on why they invested in… Read more »

Dairy Robots Redefine Roles And Expectations

Ask Francisco Rodriguez a question about dairy robots and he’ll tell you about people. With more than 38,000 robots milking cows on 19,000 farms around the globe, the technology is becoming ubiquitous throughout the dairy business. But what does it mean for dairy producers as technology revolutionizes the traditional daily milking grind? “The future in… Read more »

Making Milk at the Robot Academy

Are you getting the most out of your robot milkers? The recipe for success includes a combination of technical savvy and good herd management skills. Earlier this month at the World Dairy Expo, RealAgriculture talked with DeLaval Robot Academy instructors Ryan Weis and Lizzy French. The Academy, based in Madison, Wisconsin, offers a two-and-a-half day… Read more »

Dairy Robots to Double in Five Years

Dairy farmers are currently employing 34,000 robots around the globe and manufacturer DeLaval expects that number will double in the next five years. Since robots began appearing on farms in the 1990s, most have been confined to smaller farms throughout Europe, including Germany, France and the Netherlands. Canada currently sits sixth in the ranking of… Read more »

Herd Navigator Automatically Tests Milk For Four Herd Health Parameters

What if you could get a two- or three-day notice on a dairy cow going into heat? Or be alerted to an impending infection or sickness days before a cow showed signs? As Nancy Charlton, with DeLaval, explains in this interview from the Canadian Dairy Xpo, the Herd Navigator software can do just that. The… Read more »

Assessing Dairy Cow Body Condition Score Remotely — And Why it Matters

How often do you assess a dairy cow’s body condition score? Sure, you’re looking at your cows everyday, but changes like weight loss can go unnoticed exactly because you see them every day — the change may be too subtle to pick up on. Why would you want to be assessing and recording body condition… Read more »

DeLaval’s Herd Navigator and the Rise of Dairy Robotics

“It’s all about doing more with less,” says Mark Futcher. Futcher is the marketing manager of automatic milking systems for DeLaval, and he sees adoption of technology as a way to increase efficiencies on the farm. One of Futcher’s focuses is FOSS & DeLaval Solution’s Herd Navigator System, a technology designed to identify milking cows in need of… Read more »

Fine-tuning Cow Management with Delaval’s Herd Navigator

Healthy cows are the goal of any successful dairy. Also on the list is high production, maximum feed efficiency and good conception rates, preferably with a new heifer on board. With that in mind, DeLaval rolled out its Herd Navigator — an at-the-milker milk analysis system that scans milk samples for a number of components…. Read more »