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U.S. premiere of DeLaval teat spray robot TSR™ at World Ag Expo 2013

U.S. premiere of DeLaval teat spray robot TSR™ at World Ag Expo 2013

 

TULARE, Ca. —Today at World Ag Expo, the world's largest annual agricultural exposition, DeLaval exhibited for the first time in the U.S. a new automated solution designed to work with external milking rotaries. DeLaval teat spray robot TSR™ is an automatic pre- or post-spray solution offering consistent application, optimal use of teat dip and less labor.

 

The unique technology is designed to facilitate high capacity milking in rotary parlors while helping to maintain farm profitability. According to Robert Jensen, Business Development Manager at DeLaval International, TSR is a natural spin-off solution from the company’s revolutionary automatic milking rotary AMR™.

 

“Farmers spend several hours a day manually spraying teats – some up to 20 hours or more per day. TSR replaces the manual labor needed to perform this task, at a time when farmers have difficulty hiring employees,” said Jensen.

 

According to DeLaval, another advantage of TSR includes its consistent operation which can help keep cows calm. Jensen added, “We know from our experience with DeLaval VMS (voluntary milking system) and AMR that cows like a predictable barn environment. Farmers can also create a good environment for their cows by using TSR.”

 

Teat dip consumption and coverage are consistently managed with TSR, which positively contributes to farm profitability. Consumption per cow depends on the product, its viscosity, and chosen spray pattern, but the system’s accuracy and uniformity will help keep conditions optimal for good udder health.

 

TSR in North America

 

DeLaval teat spray robot TSRwas designed with American dairy farms in mind as the country is home to a number of external milking rotaries. Mark Futcher, Marketing Manager of Automatic Milking Systems for DeLaval Inc., commented:

 

“Increasingly, more dairy producers are looking to automation for gains in efficiency. Today, TSR can perform at up to 400 cows per hour. This reliability can reduce a dairy’s costs while achieving something good for the herd; cows thrive on consistency. We believe automation for large dairies will be a major consideration going forward.”

 

DeLaval plans to install TSR on American reference farms in 2013. A commercial launch of the robot is planned for 2014 in the US.

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