Robots and parlour

We are looking at buying a neighbouring dairy that is currently set up as a robot facility with 2 gea boxes. Has a good newer barn and a pack barn that would be good for calving fresh cows out in.

Our home farm is double 12 parallel parlour and we are limited for space and facilities to do a proper job of calving our fresh cows.

Just wondering if it would work to calve our cows on the robot dairy and at around 40 dim move most of them to home farm? Calves would be raised to weaning weight at this robot facility as well. What are guys thoughts on this? Are we just asking for trouble?

Cash flow wise it would be quickest return to crack on with the bots from the start, could fit a new parlour facility down the road if we wanted to on this location. Not tied to robots if we feel we can get better performance off a parlour.
 
I would be tempted to do it in reverse. I would calve your cows at home and milk them in the parlour for a couple of days, until the antibiotics are gone and you are happy the cow is healthy, then move her to the robots.

I would then move them out of the robots back to the parlour when they are getting ready for drying off/going stale. Basically keep your robots for the cows that are flying, that is how you really make money from robots. I have 2 Delaval robots which I love, but often toy with the idea of putting in a small parlour also and doing what I explained above.
 

yin ewe

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Co Antrim
We have a seperation area beside the robot with half a dozen cubicles in it where we keep fresh calved cows and heifers for about a week around calving (before and after) as we find them easier to keep an eye on them.
As said moving at 40 days not ideal, better moved at 120 days and pd'd in calf.
 

yin ewe

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Co Antrim
I've been told it doesn't work switching cows backwards and forwards between systems.

I know 2 who do it near here- 1still moves them over to parlour once they are going stale and pd+, reckons they lose about 15-20% yield and roar for 3 days looking back to the robot. The other lasted a year before he put in a second robot.
 
Thanks for the replies everyone, always good to get outside opinions. We know it could be a bit challenging but feel the place is priced right and has a lot of potential. As said before we are not stuck to the robots. It would be the perfect farm to run as a flying herd the way it is set up now. Having a conversation with our parlour fitters to see if they would take the robots on trade for used parlour as well.
 
Thanks for the replies everyone, always good to get outside opinions. We know it could be a bit challenging but feel the place is priced right and has a lot of potential. As said before we are not stuck to the robots. It would be the perfect farm to run as a flying herd the way it is set up now. Having a conversation with our parlour fitters to see if they would take the robots on trade for used parlour as well.

Monobox or Mione??
 
They are 2019s with some warranty left. Dealer is no good, we are tossing around swapping in delaval bots as we run delaval parlour already. Would be cheaper than adding a parlour as is going to be costly to put up a shed and decent parlour.
 

pappuller

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
M6 Hard shoulder
We are looking at buying a neighbouring dairy that is currently set up as a robot facility with 2 gea boxes. Has a good newer barn and a pack barn that would be good for calving fresh cows out in.

Our home farm is double 12 parallel parlour and we are limited for space and facilities to do a proper job of calving our fresh cows.

Just wondering if it would work to calve our cows on the robot dairy and at around 40 dim move most of them to home farm? Calves would be raised to weaning weight at this robot facility as well. What are guys thoughts on this? Are we just asking for trouble?

Cash flow wise it would be quickest return to crack on with the bots from the start, could fit a new parlour facility down the road if we wanted to on this location. Not tied to robots if we feel we can get better performance off a parlour.
Which gea robot ?
 
Would it be to early to move cows to robot by 3 dim? Would keep them on robot till dry off then. Thinking about what has all been suggested here I’d rather move them sooner than later and leave them be on the robot till end of lactation then send them back to home farm at dry off. Would keep it super simple for the person running it there. Just feed, breed, and fetch cows in theory.
 

Dave79

Member
Location
N Antrim
We did exactly what you’re talking about for years. Now all robots. They can be moved as soon as you feel they’re ready. If you think they need protecting for any reason, hold off. Some will be ready in 2 days, others will be sore, have mastitis, not cleanse. You want them feeling great going onto the robots, so they are motivated to visit from the get go.
 

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...
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