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

Citation:  Paper number  013006,  2001 ASAE Annual Meeting. (doi: 10.13031/2013.3525) @2001
Authors:   Harold K. House, Jack Rodenburg, Dr. David F. Kelton
Keywords:   Robotic Milking, Automated Milking Systems, Voluntary Milking Systems

The first robotic milking or automated milking system (AMS) started operating in Ontario in March of 1999. Since then more than a dozen systems have been installed in the province. Currently only two companies have introduced systems into Ontario, but others will be installed soon. AMS provide flexibility for smaller milking herds (200 cows or less) by reducing labour needs, and improving time management without the need for set milking schedules. This paper will discuss experiences that Ontario producers have had with AMS.

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