Dairy producers are bombarded these days, with all the latest gadgets, systems and equipment – everything from “Smart phones” to “Smart Farming,” to “Smart Dairy.”
The technical advances made over the past decade are nothing short of mind-boggling. You name it and some company has found a way to do it – sometimes without the need for manual labor.
Making its debut to the trade recently at the four-day EuroTier show in Hanover, Germany were several innovations under the Smart Farming concept by DeLaval.
The first stop on the Smart Farming tour at EuroTier was herd management because knowledge is key. In the spotlight was Herd Navigator and Delpro 3.0 Herd Management System. According to DeLaval, Herd Navigator lifts heat detection rates to up to 98% with inline sampling it sends early alerts on main health problems. Company officials claim the system can result net profit improvement potential for farmers of $345 to $485 per/cow/year. The DelPro 3.0 combines all sensor, real time and herd management data to give dairy producers better control of their herd profitability.
The next stop was feeding. Profitability is boosted by optimizing the animal’s nutrition and controlling input costs. On display was Optifeeding™, an automated system that loads, cuts, mixes and distributes the right balanced feed for each cow or group of cows automatically – day and night – with a reported labor savings of up to 3 hours per day.
DeLaval also debuted the first ever automatic milking rotary.
“Profitability is not about how many cows farmers milk but how they milk them,” declared Benoit Passard, vice president marketing and communications. The milking area showcased different smart milking systems including the industry-first automatic milking rotary, DeLaval AMR™.
“Adding this revolutionary solution to our existing voluntary milking system (VMS) makes us at DeLaval the ‘home of Automation,’” he added.
Also on display was the company’s next release of the DeLaval voluntary milking system, the VMS 2011, and the heavy duty DeLaval herringbone rotary HBR.
Cooling, milk quality, animal welfare and services completed the seven Smart Farming areas of profitability featured by DeLaval. Some of the solutions featured in these areas were: cooling and cleaning systems designed to boost both capacity and energy efficiency; the latest version of the firm’s swinging cow brush that keeps cows happier, healthier and more productive; and a hoof care solution that combines hoof pre-cleaning detergent, sustainable non-copper treatment and an automated application to reduce water consumption. The company’s InService™ program, designed to help farmers save up to $7 in subsequent expenses for every dollar spent on preventive maintenance was also showcased.
“We are convinced that total farm profitability is more than just automation. It is about creating an on-farm integrated profit-driving system that embraces much more than milking,” Passard concluded.
SMARTDAIRY: BouMatic showcases latest at World Dairy Expo
BouMatic®, a global dairy equipment and chemical manufacturer, introduced its newest version of SmartDairy®, a fully integrated dairy enterprise management system at World Dairy Expo 2010 in Madison, Wis.
According to BouMatic executives, SmartDairy provides profit-driven dairy management with superior command and control of a dairy operator’s milk production, all at the touch of a finger. Engineered in modules, SmartDairy allows dairy operators to build a management system ideal for their dairy and their style of milking.
“We unveiled SmartDairy Management Systems at World Dairy Expo and received an overwhelmingly positive response,” said Mike Connell, director of sales. “We watched the momentum from SmartDairy fuel positive progress both internally at BouMatic and externally in the industry. Our engineers continue to develop new SmartDairy modules that will allow dairy owners wide flexibility to add automation and control to their operations,” he added.
SmartDairy software is the focal point of this management system. Dairy operators are able to see their dairy’s performance in real-time, which provides the tools needed to guide their business, meet their production objectives and measure their success.
Visitors to World Dairy Expo 2010 were able to see and experience SmartDairy software and its companion HerdMetrix™ herd management software.
“SmartDairy has caused the dairy industry to think differently about their dairy business in the last year,” said John Mansavage, director, global marketing services. “There has always been a focus on hardware in the dairy industry. What’s most important about SmartDairy is now a dairy’s major mechanical systems can be controlled and managed from a single point that also collects and manages all output data from those systems,” he added.
In the milking parlor, SmartDairy manages pulsation, meters and detachers so dairy managers can evaluate cows, milk production and employee activity. Efficient cow traffic flow is achieved with SmartDairy controls for crowd gates, stall operation, entrance, exit and sort gates.
Outside the parlor SmartDairy manages and monitors milk flow through receivers, chillers and more all the way to the milk tanker. Cow health and comfort are managed through hoof care, feeding and HerdMetrix herd management systems, Mansavage explained.
BouMatic has dairy equipment sales in more than 40 countries. World headquarters are in Madison, Wis. with sales offices in Remicourt, Belgium; Varde, Denmark and Shanghai, China. For more information visit www.MySmartDairy.com.
GEA Farm Technology: Westfalia Surge
Rely on state-of-the-art technology
There are a lot of structural changes in today’s dairy farms. Larger herds need to be milked, 365 days a year, sometimes even three times a day. That means more cows to be milked per operator per hour.
Parallel milking parlors from GEA Farm Technologies meet these requirements due to customized technology. More than ever, a high level of comfort for both the animals and the operator is expected. GEA Farm Technologies has developed a wide range of parallel stalls to meet all the demands of modern dairy operations.
Regardless of herd sizes, conditions of space or human resources GEA Farm Technologies offers adequate milking parlors, cluster, milk meters and hygiene equipment.
The Magnum 90i parlor with individual indexing is built to meet the toughest demands. Designed for 24-hour operation it offers unparalleled durability and reliability. A wide entry area and gravity-controlled exit gates ensure smooth cow flow and maximize the throughput rates.
The Magnum 40 herringbone parlor has been developed and designed for 24-hour operations requiring highest stability and reliability.
Magnum 40 can be characterized as particularly comfortable for operator and animal. Providing an emphasis on operator safety.
The cows reach their milking places quickly, comfortably and without any stress. Once the last animal has reached its place, the entry gate closes flush with the last milking stall and the whole group is properly positioned. The following animals are ready and waiting to enter the parlor.
Benefits of group indexing: The breast rail gently indexes the cow back toward the operator after the whole row has been filled. Additionally the cow positioning allows the operator to easily compensate for different sized cows in each row.
The solid angled manure shields are moulded to the physical contour of the cows. The cows have all important space and freedom of movement, thus promoting relaxed milking and optimum milk yield.
Large pneumatic cylinders ensure smooth fast lifting and lowering of the breast rail during the exit cycle.
Your benefits at a glance:
• Group indexing
• High stability for round-the-clock
• Rapid exit
GEA Farm Technology: UV Pure
Ultraviolet (UV) light has been proven to be an effective disinfectant and is a common method of sterilization for many industries. GEA Farm Technologies has adapted UV technology in a unique way, as they introduce the UV Pure™ calf milk purifier.
With UV Pure, dairy producers can purify waste milk to yield a nutrient-rich product for their young calves at a much lower operating cost than heat pasteurization systems. It is fully automated, easy-to-use and is available in several configurations to fit virtually any size dairy operation. Plus, the UV Pure process takes less time and much less energy to purify the milk compared to traditional methods.
“Heat pasteurization is effective at killing bacteria, but it can be time consuming and utilize a significant amount of energy. Heating the waste milk to pasteurization temperature can also degrade the nutritional value of the milk,” said Linda Mrugacz, director, marketing and communications for GEA Farm Technologies, Inc. “The UV light kills pathogenic bacteria, without significantly affecting the nutrient value or the immune factors (IgGs) in fresh milk, which are essential to early calf health.”
Purifying waste milk with the UV Pure provides an easy way to feed a low-cost, yet highly nutritious product to young calves. Dairy producers have the potential to substantially reduce the cost of raising their calves, while promoting optimal calf health during their most crucial growth period.