Robotic milking

pappuller

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Livestock Farmer
Location
M6 Hard shoulder
Free access seems to be most popular and my view both work. Its a personal preference to have a guided system feed last. I don't know how quick certain robots are at rejecting cows if they have already been milked. I figured having a guided system the robot shouldn't need to reject cows as all that enter would be ready to milk. The other reason is the ability to segregate cows, whether for ai, pd or needing treatment. We feed fresh grass so i was concerned in a free access system that might take cows away from the robot.
Do you zero graze ?
 

Quiet man

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Livestock Farmer
How many times on average would a cow get up to go and eat if she's passing the selection gates she enters the robot if she is due to be milked you could also set how often she is allowed in. Do you think a guided system would deter them from going to the feed passage once they know the system?
 

Quiet man

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Livestock Farmer
Our experience of zg on robots was that its a very fine line between under and over feeding, we found we couldn't keep the cows clean and this led to one or two problems. We have now reverted back to full tmr.
we cut back from four loads to two, getting a bit loose and difficult to find a balance plus hit the bf hard
 

Chips

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Location
Shropshire
How many times on average would a cow get up to go and eat if she's passing the selection gates she enters the robot if she is due to be milked you could also set how often she is allowed in. Do you think a guided system would deter them from going to the feed passage once they know the system?
From memory independent studies show on a housed free access system cows will visit the feed fence 12-14 times per 24 hrs . On controlled traffic this dropped to 5-6 times per 24hrs . Also cows needing fetching to robot twice a day was marginally higher on forced traffic .
What forced traffic will allow for though is feeding far more energy down the feed fence than most free access systems could get away with .
These studies were done some time ago though and if you were to dig far enough back through the 13 odd years of robot posts on the old forum you would find them posted
 

coomoo

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Scotland
From memory independent studies show on a housed free access system cows will visit the feed fence 12-14 times per 24 hrs . On controlled traffic this dropped to 5-6 times per 24hrs . Also cows needing fetching to robot twice a day was marginally higher on forced traffic .
What forced traffic will allow for though is feeding far more energy down the feed fence than most free access systems could get away with .
These studies were done some time ago though and if you were to dig far enough back through the 13 odd years of robot posts on the old forum you would find them posted
Is that information still available?
 

Scholsey

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Location
Herefordshire
From memory independent studies show on a housed free access system cows will visit the feed fence 12-14 times per 24 hrs . On controlled traffic this dropped to 5-6 times per 24hrs . Also cows needing fetching to robot twice a day was marginally higher on forced traffic .
What forced traffic will allow for though is feeding far more energy down the feed fence than most free access systems could get away with .
These studies were done some time ago though and if you were to dig far enough back through the 13 odd years of robot posts on the old forum you would find them posted

Unless you wanted to do a AB/ABC paddock system I don’t see why anyone would do controlled traffic for cows.
 
Location
Wales
Is anybody using a Rinnai gas water heater for their Delvalval VMS 310? Not sure if I need one or two for a single bot. The biggest one is the 1600i and delivers up to 35l per minute of hot water. Also what temperature does the water need to be. Oh and yes I do realise gas price has shot up 🤦🏻‍♂️. Replies much appreciated.
 

pappuller

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Livestock Farmer
Location
M6 Hard shoulder
What electric cost per litre are people aiming for at the moment ?
We are currently on a variable day/night tariff and looking at fixing is making my eyes water, looking at 2ppl for everything on farm.
The biolectric slurry ad plant might be worth another look me thinks.
 

s line

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The lely collector has had a good rest, a clean and a makeover and ready for when the cow's come back in for the winter.
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jimmyl

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Herefordshire
Hello All,

Just wondering what teat dips people used through their Robots post-milking? We are running 2 Lely A5's on an open straw yard. Have been using what Lely push but seems quite dear, so just gauging what other might use?

And also anyone have good suppliers for all things chemicals?

Thanks!
 

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