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Robotic Milking Display at the Dairy Show

Sales of robotic milkers are rocketing, with more and more farmers seeking to improve cow welfare and productivity, while cutting back on labour.

But it is no small investment, so to help farmers decide whether robotic milking is right for them, the Dairy Show is holding a live demonstration, with 30 cows on hand to show this cutting edge technology in action.

the Dairy Show is holding a live robotic milking demonstration

the Dairy Show is holding a live robotic milking demonstration

Held on 2 October at the Bath & West Showground, Somerset, the Dairy Show is the only one in the country with a robotic milker – and last year the display proved a popular attraction. “Robotic milking is probably the fastest growing trend in the industry,” says Ian Tossell from Freedom Dairy Systems, who is supplying the Lely Astronaut A4. “Sales have doubled every year.”

By milking the cows on demand, robots have boosted farm yields by 15% in the first year and 22% over two years, says Mr Tossell. “Most of our clients have chosen robots to improve cow welfare, boost yields, and benefit their own lifestyle – they provide freedom for the cows and freedom for you.”

Alan Perrett, who is providing the cows for the event, says robotic milkers have transformed life at Park Farm, Blandford, Dorset. He installed robots six years ago, and hasn’t looked back. “I wanted something more for the cows and something more for us, in terms of lifestyle,” he says. The 145 cows milk themselves three times a day, and yields have increased by 2000 litres, to almost 10,000 litres now.

“We are working differently, looking after the cows’ health and comfort much better; it’s definitely benefited the cows.” Farmers can adapt existing buildings for the robots, and cows can continue to graze, says Mr Perrett. “But we’re now improving our barns, and making the beds as comfy as possible. By housing the cows we can provide more consistency in the ration – that’s what they really like.”

About the Dairy Show
This one day event has become one of the most important dates in the dairy farmer's calendar, combining a comprehensive trade show with an exhibition of top quality dairy cattle. The show attracts over 300 tradestands from across the country and beyond and with over 250 cattle this show is the place to be seen and visit.

The show continues to provide the dairy farmer or farm manager with a complete "one stop shop" event at which to meet the milk buyers, feed suppliers, AI companies and consultants - plus it showcases an extensive display of agricultural machinery and equipment. Many farmers and businesses hail the event as an excellent and profitable networking opportunity. Throughout the day the theatre also hosts an array of topical seminars.

Dairy cattle are at the heart of the show with 300 entries covering the six main breeds, plus classes for calves and Junior Showmanship to encourage the exhibitors of the future. The classes reach an exciting climax at the end of the day, with each breed champion judged by a panel of five experts, with all competitors hoping for the elusive 50 out of 50 score.

Bath & West

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