Farming Magazine - February, 2014


Dairy Robotonomics Seminar

Robotic milking technology is the biggest game changer in the U.S. dairy industry. That's why Farm Credit East, the New York Farm Show and American Agriculturist are sponsoring the fourth Dairy Robotonomics seminar, which will take place all three days of the show.

This one - the biggest and best ever - kicks off at 9:30 each morning in the upstairs Bistro Room of the Art & Home building.

All four manufacturers marketing robotic systems in the U.S. will be on the program. They'll also have their robots on display at the show. A GEA expert will reveal details about the new MIone multibox milking system. And milking equipment experts from AMS-Galaxy, DeLaval and Lely will also talk about the latest upgrades to their respective Insentec Galaxy Starline, VMS (Voluntary Milking System) and Astronaut A4 robots.

BouMatic officials say they'll have information on the MRS1 robotic system available at their exhibit. They hope their robots will land in North America by this fall.

DeLaval expects to have a robotic rotary parlor somewhere in North America early this year. In November, GEA introduced a prototype in Hanover, Germany.

Each morning's session wraps up with an analysis by John Lehr, Farm Credit East vice president and farm business consultant. He'll share some financial tools to illustrate how robots impact dairy operation equity position and cash flow.

Bring your notebook so you can write down lots of questions; then you can take them to Lehr or to the equipment exhibits.