Smart technologies secure farm profitability

Smart technologies secure farm profitability

Tulare, California, US (Feb. 09, 2010). Dairy farmers can now take the next step to harness automation and information technology to create an on-farm integrated productivity and profit-driving system that embraces more than milking, DeLaval said at the World Agricultural Expo in Tulare, California (Feb 9-11).

We understand that the challenge faced by dairy farmers around the world is how to meet an economic future that is now being defined by efficiency,” DeLaval President and CEO Joakim Rosengren said.

Smart Farming is a DeLaval initiative launched in 2008 and aimed at influencing and shaping the future of dairy farming today. The company defines it as “the goal to accelerate the transition from milking
management to global farm profitability management by harnessing emerging decision tools and automation technologies for better quality milk and profits.” 

DeLaval has a growing range of innovative and automated solutions geared to boost dairy business efficiency such as the Herd Navigator pro-active management system, a sophisticated technology that allows full control of reproduction of the herd with heat detection to up to 98% and precise insemination time and both things lead to a substantial increase in pregnancy rates.  And early detection of main health problems like mastitis and ketosis to benefit productivity, profitability, animal welfare and food safety.

The voluntary milking aystem (VMS) is another example. The company’s robotic milker has been servicing farmers around the world for 10 years, helping milk producers boost profitability and efficiency while freeing them from the strenuous labour of twice-a-day milking. According to the company, the recently released VMS 2010 reinforces the system’s smartness even further by strengthening software functionality, user friendliness and robustness.

However Smart Farming is not only about robots. It is about
empowering milk producers with the right decision tools and automation technologies that seamlessly and accurately integrate products,
services and knowledge,”
DeLaval Vice President Business Area Capital Goods Andrew Turner said.

The main areas of innovation DeLaval is developing and expanding are: Smart Milking, Smart Feeding and Smart Barn Environment. On the milking front the company is working on robotics for a rotary parlour platform. In the feeding area DeLaval has recently launched Optifeeding, a system that loads, cuts, mixes and distributes feed automatically, day and night, saving dairy farmers up to 3 hours labour time per day. Optifeeding also allows farmers to ensure the right balance for each cow, or group of cows, according to their stage in the lactation cycle, improving performance and significantly cutting feeding and capital costs. As far
as Smart Barn Environment goes, the possibilities are endless, DeLaval says, from automated ventilation that responds to weather and climate to automatic illumination control and automatic manure handling.

Ultimately, the key will be successful integration between all these technologies at farm level. That’s a work in progress,” Rosengren said.

DeLaval also sees a link between the above described smart technological systems and sustainability. Sustainable Dairy Farming
(SDF) is another DeLaval initiative. Their goal with SDF is to reduce the environmental footprint of farms while improving milk production, farm profitability and the well-being of the people and animals involved. 

We believe this goal can be achieved by providing smart technology to increase resource efficiency. Or, put another way, by supporting dairy farmers to do more with less. Sustainability is, without any doubt, an important part of what we define as Smart Farming,” Rosengren concluded. 

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