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The pros and cons of robotic milking systems

Dairy robots can more than pay for themselves but only in the right farm structure, writes Martin O'Sullivan

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A major advantage of robotic milking systems is the potential to increase milk yield

A major advantage of robotic milking systems is the potential to increase milk yield

A major advantage of robotic milking systems is the potential to increase milk yield

In recent years, we have seen a steady increase in the number of robotic milking systems amongst our dairy farmer clients. Some are new entrants, but many were existing operators who needed to upgrade their facilities and decided that robots were the way forward.

My very first client who went down the robot route was a man in his late 60s milking 60 cows on his own and was seriously considering getting out of cows, but wasn't really thinking of retirement. He did his research on robots and decided he'd give it a shot as his farm layout lent itself ideally to a robotic milking system and the existing parlour facilities could be modified with moderate outlay.


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