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Automated Milking 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.18-112)
Authors: Joseph M Zulovich, Ryan K. Milhollin, Joseph P. Harner, Joe L. Horner
Keywords: Economic feasibility, dairy equipment, milking robots
Abstract. Automatic milking systems are being considered by many US dairy operations. This paper presents an evaluation of the economic feasibility of incorporating an automated milking system (AMS) into naturally ventilated freestall dairy barns. An economic dairy simulation model developed at University of Missouri was used to evaluate the economic feasibility. The implementation of an AMS does not significantly impact (improve or reduce) the overall economic viability of the modeled operation. An AMS system does reduce the overall amount of labor required to operate the model dairy. So, AMS may provide a solution to dairy operations that are struggling to locate and keep a sufficient quantity and quality of labor to operate their farms.(Download PDF) (Export to EndNotes)