At the start of February we hosted a robotic milking webinar. We were lucky enough to have a guest speaker Chad Folsom from Canada who talked us through his own experience of making the transition from milking in a rotary parlor to installing 10 Lely A5 robots. During the evening, we had nearly 100 attendees tuned into the webinar.
Chad milks 500 cows through the robots and due to the success he has now ordered two more robots. Chad was a great speaker and expressed the importance of trusting the process, cows and robots. Furthermore, he provided top tips including how cows should not be herded or chased. He also said you shouldn’t be afraid to walk away and let the cows get used to their new surrounds and new system, because robots aren’t designed to be watched.
It was interesting to listen how Chad weighed up the benefits and costs of each system, instead of jumping straight into robots. It was fascinating to hear about Chad's research tour across Canada which gave him the knowledge and key learnings of robotic milking system. After listening to the webinar I think one of the most beneficial aspects to robotic milking that I learn about is precision feeding, because it enables tailored alterations to specific cows. This level of detail helps you to maximise milk yields and gain a significant amount of data.