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[Podcast] Milking robots: When to retrofit, how to train fresh cows and troubleshooting cow signals

Automated milking systems are changing the way today’s farms function. As more and more dairies adopt the technology, the industry is adjusting its tried and true methods and there is always something new to be said on the topic.

Today’s episode provides summaries of three different articles we’ve published this past year on incorporating robots. Listen in to find out whether you should retrofit or build new to accommodate automated milking systems in your barn. Find out the best techniques to train fresh cows for robotic milking success. Lastly, learn what the signals cows are giving you in an automated system mean and how to respond.

 

These topics apply to dairy producers considering adopting automated milking as well as those who are already operating with robots. Here is a breakdown of the episode:

• Retrofitting for robots [~1:28]

• Training fresh cows [~5:58]

• What the cows are telling you [~11:06]

 

For more information on each topic, read the full articles found at the links below.

 

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