A robotic feed pusher designed to refresh and remix feed is running on a South Island dairy farm which reports a resulting increase in production and significant labour savings.
The VMS V300 is geared toward farmers working in markets with labour uncertainties and shortages, as well as ever more rigorous animal welfare and food safety requirements.
The VMS V300 has a 99% teat spray hit rate, 10% higher capacity meaning more milking’s per station, up to 50% faster attachment time, and lower running costs. The system has a 99.8% attachment rate and capacity to milk more than 3,500 kg per day per robot, meaning even less farmer interaction required in the dairy.
The system comes with DeLaval InControl, a new user interface allowing access to information and control of the system remotely. DeLaval PureFlow, is a new transparent teat preparation cup, these enhancements provide even better stimulation to increase milk flows, and DeLaval InSight which provides the latest vision technology for a smooth, fast and accurate attachment.
“This is a level of performance increase which we just haven’t seen before” said Justin Thompson, DeLaval’s Oceania sales manager.
“The level of data that can be retrieved for each teat via the individual quarter milking and then automated to ensure complete milking every time is remarkable. The release of the VMS V300 really sets the bar high for robotic milking systems.”
The system has been extensively tested on farms in Europe and is also highly adaptable to New Zealand’s grass based system.
"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”, explained Søren Højgaard Andersen, one of the DeLaval VMS V300 test farmers, based in Denmark.
“As a market leader, we have both an obligation and an opportunity to contribute to better milking practices in all parts of the world, directly aiming at helping farmers in their life, with their daily challenges. The design of the new VMS V300 system has farmers and their challenges at its core, allowing farmers to do more with less. We are indeed very satisfied with the fantastic result achieved”, said Joakim Rosengren, President & chief executive of DeLaval.
In addition, the DeLaval InService All-Inclusive customer program is a solution where service, consumables, and maintenance services are available for a fixed price. DeLaval InService provides farmers with time to focus on the business of dairy farming with the assurance that every time they milk, the system’s performance is optimised.