Precision Robot Dairy Management: Solving the problem before it appears Ben Smink Lely North America Farm Management Support [email protected] / 608 698 7416 ‘No one knows his cows better than ......’ www.lely.com Precision Robot Dairy Management • In this presentation: Farmers perspective Veterinarian perspective Critical Success Factors Advisors perspective Herd Information Management • Robotic vs. Conventional milking: Different cow contact: Parlor <-> Barn More ‘Quality Time’ with ‘natural’ behaving cows More sensor technology Much more real time info!!!!. > 120 Values/cow/day from the robot: Activity* Rumination* Feed intake Weight* * = option + combinations of all of the above ... + combinations with calendar + health events. Milk Yield Milk Fat Milk Protein Milk Lactose Milk Speed Milk Temperature SCC class* Robot visits Box times Per Quarter: - Yield contribution - Teat position - Pre Milk Time - Milk Time - Conductivity - Color Sensor + calendar info: Automatic Analysis of: √ Udder health √ Body health √ Reproduction Precision Dairy Management: Farmer perspective • Combination of sensors are more than the sum of data • Data becomes practical Information: Earlier alerts Prevent sickness or loss of production Improved health, production, reproduction and longevity! • Proactive instead of Reactive • But it’s not magic: A bad cow person will not become a good cow person Excellent cow comfort + herd management are the key! Precision Robot Dairy Management • In this presentation: Farmers perspective Veterinarian perspective Critical Success Factors Advisors perspective Attention lists Example Udder Health Combines info all quarter sensors Click cow to view history Attention lists Example Heat Probability Combines info activity sensor and calendar Click cow to view history Attention lists Example Rumination attentions Click cow to view details Note: - Milk drop Feb. - Heat March And now - Metabolic problems Attention lists Example metabolic health Fat/Protein ratios: < 1: Acidosis > 1.5: Ketosis Attention lists It all comes together: Body health Cow 32: attentions on: - loosing too much weight - lower feed intake No good start after calving Long term analysis: Daily progress Historic progress of herds / groups / cows: Yield / fat / protein / milk visits / feed intake / cow weight / rumination Long term analysis: Lactation progress Lactation progress of herds / groups / cows: Yield / fat / protein / milk visits / feed intake / cow weight / rumination Long term analysis TMR/PMR for successful robotic milking Typical TMR: Av milk + 10% Typical PMR: Av milk – 7 kg Few fetch cows Lots of fetch cows Long term analysis: Reproduction DIM vs. Yield vs. Fertility status Overview Long term analysis: Timing Insemination Optimize moment of insemination xx hours after heat attention Long term analysis: Total Historic progress milk robots: farm output 7 robots 14.000 kg milk/day 1100 milkings still 30 % free capacity / day Long term analysis Cow – Robot efficiency How efficient is the cow for the robot: 4 kg per minute in the tank, or 1 kg per minute Precision Robot Dairy Management • In this presentation: Farmers perspective Veterinarian perspective Critical Success Factors Advisors perspective Study 57 North American Robot Startups • Implementing Automatic Milking is not about milking cows..... ....it is about proper herd management: • Success factors AMS: 1. Barn layout: great cow comfort, lots of space, open AMS access 2. Perfect feed ration encouraging cows to go to the robot 3. Professional guidance during the transition period into AMS 4. Proper use of Precision Dairy Management tools (Proceedings NMC January 2012). Precision Dairy Management: Advisor perspective: • Better long term decisions on farm/herd/group/pen level: Mastitis prevention; Transition Management; Milk Quality; ... Feed ration; Effective Fiber; Ketosis; Acidosis; ... • Real Time information: GPS navigation instead of Accounting Tax • Way to consult is different: Right or wrong, Farmer more knowledgeable Come up with ‘Scenarios’ instead of ‘Advice’ Excellent Pro-Active Farm Management Support is key. Data exchange robot systems: 90% milk robot systems connected to internet Technical support 80% Lely robot systems connected to Benchmark Data cloud on the Internet Robot producers compare results with each other Advisors can assess farmers robot and herd results Precision Dairy Management Take Home Messages: • Producer has the herd info in all details: Right or wrong, Farmer more knowledgeable Consultants are not always used to that position ...... Renew link: Extra Cow Info <> Observations <> Health Analysis Come up with ‘Scenarios’ instead of ‘Advise’ • We (consultants and suppliers) have to cooperate: To interpret and use all available extra herd info correctly To show the producer to use his extra herd info correctly Thank you for your attention. Questions?