DKMS Robotics recently took the opportunity to visit MooVille, a fully robotic milking dairy farm, in Nashville, MI. Our team learned about the four working robots on the farm.
The first working robot we learned about is large red round robot that pushes the cow's feed up to them every three hours. This prevents the feed from getting out of reach of the cows as well as preventing the feed from piling up and fermenting.
The second robot we learned about is a wire driven "slip" that removes the cow's manure from the middle of their feeding gallery. This manure is collected and used to fertilize the farm's fields twice a year.
The third robot we learned about is an automatic back-scratchier. This robot looks like it belongs in a car wash, however, plays a very important role in the cow's well-being. The cows can brush up against the scratchier to get their sides and if they push the brush up to a certain angle, the brush will begin to rotate and clean the top of the cows. This keeps the cows free of debris in areas they cannot clean themselves.
The forth robot, and the main reason for the team's visit to MooVille, is their automatic milker. This robot allows the farm to milk their cows twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The benefits of the robotic milking system are:
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