Today's milkers – the robotic ones – are getting smarter. DeLaval's newest version of its voluntary milking system, the VMS 2010, adds more agility, gentleness and flexibility to its hydraulic arm, allowing more cows to be milked. That's the word from Andrew Turner, a DeLaval vice president.
Check it out at the DeLaval exhibit at New York Farm Show. You'll find it at booth E06 in the Horticultural Building.
The 2010 model also integrates an optional steam backflush system option to reduce contamination risks. The 2010 comes with 3 extra liner alternatives, allowing producers to select one that best cows.
The touch screen's user-friendliness is accelerated and improved, allowing for automatic adjustment of milking permissions based on time, expected yield, lactation number and days in milk. An optical milk meter measures conductivity, milk flow, yield and blood levels in each quarter.
The system automatically diverts abnormal milk according to the criteria that farmers set in the software. The optional Online Cell Counter provides an accurate somatic cell count for each animal at every milking.
The system's real-time management software safely records all data and events for retrieval at any point in time. "The OCC is the first true automatic somatic cell counter available for voluntary milking systems," adds Turner. "With our OCC, acute mastitis cases can be precisely identified and closely followed on sub-clinical cases.
The VMS 2010 consumes between 15 and 25 kW per ton of milk. Each unit is capable of harvesting 4,410 to 5,510 pounds of milk per day.