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Survey of Management Practices of Farms Using Automatic Milking Systems in North America

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

Citation:  Paper number  033018,  2003 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.14997) @2003
Authors:   Wilco de Jong and Albrecht Finnema, Douglas J. Reinemann
Keywords:   Automatic Milking, Dairy Management

A survey was conducted of 10 farms in the USA and 15 farms in Canada using automatic (or robotic) milking systems (AMS) to determine how AMS facilities were being designed and managed in the North American setting. Surveys were conducted in-person with the farm manager during visits to the farm. The survey was based on a similar survey performed on 120 AMS farms in the Netherlands. All of the AMS users surveyed indicated that, overall, they were satisfied to very satisfied with AMS. Most users indicated that AMS has allowed them more time for managerial tasks, and more importantly, more time for themselves and their families. They further indicated that the addition of AMS has decreased stress levels for themselves and their cows.

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