The January 1, 2012, issue of Progressive Dairyman – Canada introduces readers to Gifford Acres Farm in the article, “Technologies make it easier for family to farm.”
Progressive Dairyman – Canada discusses the number of changes Gifford Acres Farm has seen over the years, including the installation of Lely’s Astronaut A4 robotic milking system and Juno automatic feed pusher.
Included below is an excerpt from the online article:
Likely the biggest single change the farm underwent was installing robotic milkers. The two units each have their own room.
Each cow wears a transponder, which gives information concerning her teat placement. An arm swings under the cow, cleaning the udder with soft brushes, and then a laser scans twice to verify where her teats are before attaching the cups.
Each cup has a flow sensor, so that each quarter is milked independently, which improves udder health. The computer flags high somatic counts, picking up cases of mastitis up to 12 hours before clinical signs appear, allowing for earlier treatment and less permanent damage to udders.
The article goes on to say:
The farm also installed a Lely Juno robotic forage and feed pusher, which uses sonar to determine how far to push the feed towards the headlocks.
Feed is pushed forward every hour. Fresh feed is provided every day, delivered along a drive- through alley by a mixer wagon, and available 24-7 to the cows.
The goal is to have 5 percent of the feed left over at the end of the day, thus ensuring each cow has been able to meet her feeding needs.
For the full article, we encourage you to visit Progressive Dairyman – Canada’s website.