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What is the Robotic Rotary?• The robotic rotary, as the name suggests, is a new technology that allows dairy farmers to milk their cows with only very limited human input. This is made possible through laser tracking which locates the udder and a robotic arm which reaches out towards the udder with the milking cups and performs the suction action (with vacuum and pulsation).• This system was designed by DeLaval and FutureDairy. It was released in Germany and Australia in November 2010. The DeLaval AMR™ (Automatic Milking Rotary) can milk 50‐90 cows per hour. Moo
Milking Methods• The Automatic Milking Rotary (AMR) supports two methods for milk production. The first is voluntary milking while the other is batch milking.• Voluntary milking involves the dairy cows coming on their own to be milked automatically. This requires no direct human input, however, good farm management is required to ensure that the cows volunteer for milking regularly to ensure milk yield is not reduced.• Batch milking involves the dairy farmer bringing in small groups of cows to be milked throughout the day. This requires the initial human input, but during the milking, the farmer can attend to other priorities.• Bringing all the cows to the AMR™ is not appropriate as the AMR™ rate of milking is 50‐90 cows per hour. This would involve too many cows having to wait in the dairy for a long time considering that the herd is above 300 cows.
Benefits• No physical labour ‐ There is no input from the farmer to milk the cows as the robotic arms perform all the milking actions.• Milking consistency ‐ The milk is consistent as it is not influenced by different people. Different people place the suction cups for a different length of time which influences the quantity and quality of the milk.• Increased milking frequency ‐ A three‐times‐per‐day milking cycle reduces the stress on the udder and this increases the milk yield.• Herd Management ‐ Computers can monitor individual cows and allow more accurate data collection, which can be used to see the condition of the herd. Individual cow histories can be recorded to identify any changes, which gives an early sign of an illness.
Drawbacks• Despite this system’s efficient control, there are still some inputs required from the dairy farmer. These include‐ activating the washing system. attending to the problems. observing individual cow performance.• The major problem with this system is the initial installation cost – this should be offset by labour savings to be economically viable. • With any piece of new technology, there is an increase in complexity with the new methods which increases the chance of a system failure.• The reduced contact between the farmer and the herd means that the farmer is unaware of any physical injuries.• AMR™ will also require high maintenance, increasing maintenance costs
The AMR in use• The next slide is an animation that illustrates the movement of the cows in the DeLaval AMR™ system. The cows enter through the opening door where they are positioned to be milked at a 30˚ angle. After this, the cows travel around the structure in a circle where they are milked. Please note that in the AMR™, the cows are stationary and it is the platform that rotates.• The following slide is a video clip that was made by DeLaval to represent the system. The udder is located through the use of laser technology and camera in real time. Please click on the box.
The AMR in UsePlease click the box to be directed to the video.
Other Automatic Milking Systems• The AMR™ is the first automatic milking rotary system, but not the first automatic milking system (AMS). AMS are also known as single (or multi) boxes. These are shaped like a booth, as shown in the picture below.• Other AMS include ‐• DeLaval VMS (Sweden)• Galaxy Robot AMS (Denmark)• Lely Astronaut AMS (Netherlands)• Merlin AMS (UK)• Titan AMS (Germany) DeLaval VMS 2010 Model
2010 Eurotier Gold Medal • The Eurotier Gold Medal is a esteemed European award given to new agricultural innovations and ideas. • This award was presented to the DeLaval AMR™ for‐ new concept importance of product for practice animal welfare impact on farm and labour management
Gallery This side view illustrates a cow just about to be milked. The robotic arm extends outwards towards the cow for milking.
Further References• For more information regarding the research (Australian based) on the AMR and the AMS, please visit ‐ www.futuredairy.com.au• For more information regarding the DeLaval Automatic Milking Rotary ‐ http://www.delaval.com/en/About‐DeLaval/DeLaval‐Newsroom/?nid=6705• A printable fact sheet http://www.futuredairy.com.au/media/robotic_rotary11Nov2010/FD‐ Robotic%20Rotary%20Fact%20Sheet%20Web.pdf• The original link to the video is ‐ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=‐‐e_AOeOC4s
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However, it is not finished. Prepare yourself for (insert drum roll please)‐ The Maze Game 2: Daisy’s Trip Back Home New Challenges. New Milk. • Stick to the white path and move from level to level. Don’t touch any other colour.• Move to the green section (fresh juicy pasture)• Rest assured that there is a prize at the end.• I recommend using a proper mouse as apposed to a laptop touchpad. This Feature Does Not Work In PDF Format