Belarus has consistently taken a leading position in dairy exports, along with the EU, New Zealand, the USA and Australia. In order to achieve this level, domestic livestock breeders hold the course of increasing milk production, reconstruction and construction of new livestock complexes. In turn, representatives of the world's largest manufacturers of innovative equipment for machine milking offer their technologies to our farm managers.
As an example of such cooperation in Orsha district there appeared unique robotized farms of GEA Farm Technologies, which have no analogues in the world. Innovative technical solutions made it possible to raise the quality of milk to a new level, significantly improve animal health and gain a number of other competitive advantages.
There are quite a few roundabout-type milking parlors in the country, but this is a robotic one designed for 40 cows. In the future, robots will probably come out to shake hands with guests. In the meantime, the robotic farm is a combination of the latest technological solutions: it is a "Carousel" milking parlor with robotic modules for automatic milking, video monitoring systems and various sensors.
The main components of the system are modern robotic modules DairyRobot of the latest, 8th generation. Their main advantage is the In-Liner Everything technology: all operations inside the milking cup, as well as a sensor to determine the quality of milk (organoleptic indicators), monotony and constancy of the milking routine and, as a consequence, complete absence of dependence on the human factor.
The organic fusion of these systems for precision animal husbandry opens new opportunities for Belarusian agrarians to build efficient dairy production, obtain high quality products and significantly reduce costs.
Cows like consistency. But they like the calm, monotonous, quiet milking process even more. DairyProQ brings milking preparation and the milking process inside the milking cup. Stimulation starts as soon as the machine is connected and gently prepares the udder for milking. After inserting the cup, the teat is cleaned and pre-treated with disinfectant. After drying, pre-milking begins. The DairyProQ carousel is equipped with important sensors and constantly analyzes the milk flow of each quarter for conductivity, color change, temperature and milk quantity. The milk valve opens and closes based on analysis results and warnings. Only suitable milk flows into the tank. If the milk flow in one quarter stops prematurely, a stripping process is started on the corresponding teat - directly in the milking cup, the dip product thoroughly and at the same time economically coats the thin folds and pores of the skin, after which the milking cup is removed. The application of the product immediately after milking is an ideal protection against mastitis pathogens and maintains optimal condition of the milking udder during the subsequent stay in the barn.
Despite the system's uniqueness and innovativeness, the maintenance of the entire robotic system is comparable in labor and materials to that of a conventional milking parlor. All components and parts, including video cameras, sensors and valves, are made of high-strength materials, reliably protected from physical impact of animals and corrosive environments.
Important advantages of robotic milking are solving the problem of staff shortage and reducing the cost of keeping machine milking operators, as well as facilitating their labor by automating all processes. The employees of such a state-of-the-art farm can spend more time on management, feeding and animal welfare.
In terms of work optimization, it can be noted that one veterinarian is rather enough to serve 2700 animals on such a complex. His attention is mainly focused on preventive vaccination and work with young animals, as the entire dairy herd is under the control of robots, sensors and software. If the animals' diet is properly prepared, health problems will be minimal. And the main advantage of robotic milking is effective protection against mastitis, which has become a real scourge of modern livestock farms.