As reported in February's American Agriculturist issue, robotic dairy milking is fast-becoming a life saver for farms stressed by labor shortages and time constraints. So it's no surprise that dairy equipment companies are finding a fertile market for robotic technology.
AMS Galaxy, DeLaval and Lely have been marketing robotic systems to U.S. farmers for several years. GEA is the newest kid on the robotic block.
"The 'MI' in MIone stands for 'Milking Intelligence'," explains GEA National Sales Manager Steve Pretz. One robotic arm service up to five milking boxes or stalls, "providing the highest capacity for the investment cost," he adds.
Here's a brief peek at the system set to debut in the New York Farm Show in February:
MIone's milking procedures closely mirror the milking practices utilized on conventional operations.It features 3D camera cow "seeing" technology. The camera "sees" the teat cup and teat for precise attachment.
Once teat cups are attached, cleaning, pre-dipping, drying, a milk quality check, stimulation and milk harvest are executed in sequence within that cup. The single attachment process saves time and prevents system contamination.
The udder prep process is accepted by the Atlantic-Midwest Dairy Equipment Review Committee, and accepted by the Food and Drug Administration plus state inspectors.
The milking rack is designed for trouble-free manual teat cup attachment when required. GEA's patented Stimopuls technology optimizes teat stimulation to enhance milk let-down.
See the MIone for the first time at New York Farm Show on Feb. 20, 21 and 22 in Syracuse. Also catch the 2014 Dairy Robotonomics seminars hosted daily by Farm Credit East. More details at www.NewYorkFarmShow.com.
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