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A Primer on Robotic Milking

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

Citation:  Paper number  044187,  2004 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.16895) @2004
Authors:   Robert E. Graves
Keywords:   Automatic Milking, AMS, Computer, Cow, Dairy, Robot, Sensor

This paper is the introduction for a technical session on robotic milking. Automatic milking systems (AMS) have demonstrated that cows can be milked with minimal human oversight or intervention. An AMS is not just substituting a piece of technology (a robot) for an existing repetitive job. The organization and management of a dairy farm with an AMS must be developed to compliment the strengths and weaknesses of the robot. Important items include, barn layout, feeding strategies, management strategies, sanitation, barn labor routines and cow handling. Successful systems must be designed and operated to accommodate the needs of the cow, the abilities of the robot and to assure milk quality.

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