Milking chores have became a lot less labour intensive on a longtime Hants County dairy farm.
Brian Casey and his family collect milk from 97 purebred Holsteins at Caseydale Farms, but they don’t actually milk the cows. Two robots take care of that chore and a do lot more besides.
“The voluntary milking system automatically milks cows 24 hours a day,” Brian Casey said during a walk though his barn late last week.
Some of the cows are milked four times a day and, if you can believe it, they get milked when they decide they want to be milked.
“With this new system, we are making the same amount of milk with 30 less cows,” Casey said.
The DeLaval robotic system is made in Sweden. Caseydale Farms has two of the modern milking stations and each station is capable of handling 60 to 70 cows.