It seems that in the last few years, more and more small and medium sized dairy farms are turning to robots, because they can provide a superior service than human helpers can.
There used to be a time when raising cows was one of the main focus points of American rural society. And there used to be a lot of people who were highly skilled in the small tasks that lie at the core of the daily activities in a dairy farm.
Milking the cows is by far the most important of these activities and people used to know how to do this properly, so that the cows stayed safe and the best possible production rate was achieved.
But as times have changed towards the high tech times that we are currently living, there are less and less people who are interested in working in farms, especially as employees who have to do all the manual labors.
Therefore, more and more farm owners are having trouble finding employees and when they do find them, the quality of the services that they are able to provide is often unsatisfactory.
This is precisely why quite a lot of small and medium sized dairy farm owners have chosen to invest in installing robots that would take care of the milking process in a manner that is beneficial for both the cow and the farmer, as it improves milk production.
In most cases, these robots have sensors that track when the cow comes in to be milked, and they lay a pile of hay for the cow to focus on one side of the milking area. Then, another part of the robot goes under the cow and washes her udder properly before milking, so as to minimize the level of contamination of the milk.
When the udder is clean, a special sensor scans the udder and places the milking cups directly on the teats of the cow and so, the milking process begins. The robot is able to provide a high quality milking process, so that the highest quantity of milk is obtained from the cows.
Another useful tool that the robot has is that is tracks information about the cow’s state of health, such as its weight, body temperature and the quantity of milk that was extracted, so that the cow’s progression can be easily accessed by the farm owner on a computer.
While installing a robot might imply a significant investment from the farm owner, it seems that he is able to recover his investment in a few short years, because the money that would have been payed for the salary of one or more milkers (depending on the size of the farm) is excluded entirely and the farm’s production rates are significantly increased.
Overall, the transition to high tech farms is an ongoing process, but it seems that this truly is an investment that farm owners should take their times to consider.
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