The planning of a new
milking unit raises many questions. If you are thinking of buying a
milking robot then you should be aware of all the advantages that
an automatic milking system can offer. To convert milk production
to an automatic milking system you need:
- To define your targets,
- To analyze all the processes in your farm for their suitability
for incorporation in the new system,
- To develop a new barn concept bearing in mind all the existing
GEA Farm Technologies
will be happy to support you in adapt in these examples to meet the
circumstances of your own farm and in all phases of the switch
over. We have more than 20 years planning experience and we are
able to develop individual concepts for you, so that your cow
traffic always flows smoothly.
guided cow traffic
So the capacity of the milking robot is optimally used, GEA Farm
Technologies routinely employs the principle of "selectively guided
cow traffic": The cows are automatically selected according to
their readiness for milking. Cows which the computer recognizes as
ready for milking are guided into the holding area of the milking
robot. All other, not yet ready for milking animals, are sent
directly to the feeding area. Only cows that are ready for milking
can access the robot, which increases the throughput of your plant.
A further important advantage: animals, that require your special
attention can be efficiently and simply led through for milking as
animal selection with Guided Exit and Free Exit
The core thought behind the milking centre is the incorporation of
a holding area with pre-selection as well as the option of also
selecting animals after milking.
Prior to the actual
milking box accesses, there is a driving passageway. The gates to
the driving passageway are switched in parallel with the gates to
the milking boxes. Animals that are exiting from the milking box
are thus guided directly to the eating area or optionally to an
additional selection, in which the animals are sorted into various
- Already milked animals cannot direct access a milking box for a
second time and thus temporarily block the box for animals that are
ready for milking.
- Milked animals do not cross over with the animals to be milked
in the holding area.
- The capacity of the holding area is available solely for cows
that are ready for milking.
- The possibility of an additional selection directly after the
robot is provided.
In contrast to the
Guided Exit, there is NO driving passageway in front of the robot.
Milked animals pass through the holding area and pre-selection back
to the barn area. Animals whose milk yield remains below and
adjustable threshold value can be directly reselected back to the
holding area. This option is of particular interest to farms in
which for building layout reasons, a direct integrated additional
selection in the milking centre cannot be realized.
- No costs for an additional driving passageway!
GEA Farm Technologies
is planning for you as it is best for your business. The following
areas should be given particular consideration in the design of a
cow-friendly barn concept:
- Lying areas
- Feeding area(s)
- Holding area
- Selection area
- Calving area