DeLaval robotic milker a ‘new experience’ for cows

(DeLaval photo)

DeLaval is set to launch its new Voluntary Milking System (VMS) V300, a milking operation the company says will make dairy farmers “less reliant on future labour market uncertainties” while keeping them “at the forefront of animal welfare and food safety.”

Based on data the company said it collected on test and pilot farms, it bills the V300 as sporting a 10 per cent higher capacity, up to 50 per cent faster attachment time, up to 99.8 per cent attachment rate and up to 99 per cent teat spray hit rate.

DeLaval said the new system also offers real quarter milking at a lower running cost than earlier systems and with a potential of up to 7,500 lbs. of milk per day.

The V300 system operates with the DeLaval InControl user interface, a new system that allows the dairy farmer access to information and control of the system remotely.

It also incorporates DeLaval PureFlow, the company’s new transparent teat preparation cup, and DeLaval InSight, its vision technology for “smooth, fast and accurate attachment.”

The V300, DeLaval said, includes a unique permission system which “works to maximize yield by ensuring that cows are milked as often as is profitable. For some this means two or three times per day, for others four or more.”

DeLaval describes the VMS V300 as a “true” voluntary milking system which “works with nature to foster healthier, calmer cows, which means better longevity, productivity, reproduction and yield.”

The company said its system offers “the gentlest milking process we’ve ever created,” including a dedicated preparation cup and four ICAR-approved milk meters (one for each teat). The system’s vacuum, pulsation and take off are “adjusted automatically for each teat, resulting in superior udder health.”

The transparent cup “allows you to see the preparation in action, each teat is individually cleaned and stimulated to improve letdown and productivity.”

For milk quality management, the V300 includes sensors to check the quality of milk each cow produces, and “only releases that milk once it is proven to be of the highest quality.”

DeLaval said its system includes separate lines and containers for pre-milk and a cleaning operation — with “fully adjustable settings including the ability to add soap for enhanced cleaning” — to cut out cross-contamination.

The company noted it plans to roll out DelPro Companion, a new mobile app for herd management, sometime this fall for Apple and Android devices on systems running DelPro 5.3 and later. Producers using either robotic or conventional milking systems can use the app to view cow lists, record data and remotely access a herd’s activities.

“You can have a normal family life, and you can have normal working hours. Your employees can have normal working hours as well. It will be easy to be a farmer in the future,” Soren Hojgaard Andersen, a V300 farm owner in Denmark, said in the company’s release.

“The design of the new VMS V300 system has farmers and their challenges at its core, allowing farmers to do more with less,” DeLaval CEO Joakim Rosengren said in the company’s release. “We are indeed very satisfied with the fantastic result achieved.”


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