VMS 2010 enhances smart control over milk production

VMS 2010 enhances smart control over milk production

Stockholm, Sweden (Feb. 09, 2010). User friendliness and robustness have been the key focus for DeLaval’s latest release of its voluntary milking system, the VMS 2010.

Our goal with every new version is to add major customer benefits. Milk producers need to maintain far greater control over production while reducing input costs, especially in times of decreasing milk prices worldwide. VMS 2010 has been improved keeping these needs in mind,” DeLaval Vice President Business Area Capital Goods Andrew Turner said.

VMS has been servicing dairy farmers for over 10 years. More than
6 000 systems have been sold around the world and the first units are still operating. During the last decade the robot has continuously developed and upgraded, always seeking cost efficiency perfection.

VMS 2010 hits the markets at a time of increasing demand and interest for automation technology in the dairy industry. To respond to that trend and cater to farmers’ needs with automation technology that enhances dairy farm profitability and milk quality, DeLaval’s VMS 2010 broadens the offering on previous versions.

The latest VMS further develops the user friendliness of the touch-on screen for speed and control and adds even more agility, gentleness and flexibility to the unique hydraulic arm, allowing more cows to be milked.

The 2010 model also integrates more optional features such as the steam backflush system to reduce the risk of contamination. The VMS 2010 comes with 3 extra liner alternatives, so every VMS customer can have the one that best fits his or her cows.

For milk producers farm profitability means being able to monitor the effects of their actions in the milk production process, and that is
exactly what we are aiming to deliver,”
Turner said.

VMS allows for automatic adjustment of milking permissions based on time, expected yield, lactation number and DIM (days in milk). An optical milk meter measures the conductivity, milk flow, yield and blood levels in each quarter. The system automatically diverts abnormal milk according to the criteria that farmers set in the software and the optional DeLaval Online Cell Counter OCC provides an accurate somatic cell count for
each animal at every milking. The system’s real-time management software safely records all data and events for retrieval at any point in time.

The OCC is the first true automatic somatic cell counter available for voluntary milking systems. The focus on somatic cell count is an important indicator and many dairies pay a bonus for milk with a low SCC. With our OCC acute mastitis cases can be precisely identified
and farmers can closely follow-up on sub-clinical cases,”
Turner said.

Yet, for DeLaval cost control also means finding ways of using
resources more efficiently. The DeLaval VMS is part of the company’s Sustainable Dairy Farming (SDF), an initiative to support dairy farmers do more with less with solutions that meet environmental challenges,
respect animal welfare and benefit customers and society.

According to a recent study by the Danish Agricultural Advisory Service (Dansk Landbrugsrådgiving), our VMS ranks among the top Automatic Milking Systems (AMS) in the world for energy efficiency best practices. We were very proud of those results because reducing energy and water consumption is an integral element of the DeLaval VMS strategy,” Turner concluded. 

With energy consumption at an all time low, ranging between 15 and 25 kW per ton of milk, VMS is one of the most cost efficient milking systems
in the world, capable of harvesting 2000 to 2500 kg of milk per day. 

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