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Robotic Rotary Parlor Systems for Dairy Operations
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: 10th International Livestock Environment Symposium (ILES X) .(doi:10.13031/iles.18-111)
Authors: Joseph M Zulovich, Ryan K. Milhollin, Joseph P. Harner, Joe L. Horner
Keywords: Economic feasibility, dairy equipment, milking robots
Abstract. Robotic technology is being assessed by large dairy operations using rotary parlors in hopes of reducing the labor required to operate a rotary parlor. The objectives of this paper included the development of a model dairy farm to evaluate the economic feasibility of incorporating robotic technology on a rotary parlor. An economic dairy simulation model developed at University of Missouri is used to evaluate the economic feasibility of implementing robotic milking technology onto a rotary parlor. At this time, the incorporation of the technology does reduce the milking labor requirement. However, the high capital investment required to currently implement robotic milking technology onto a rotary parlor does reduce the economic viability of the operation. However, even with the reduction in economic viability, the operation does have some ability to finance debt to install the technology.(Download PDF) (Export to EndNotes)