Just outside the village of Frenchpark in Co. Roscommon lies a new start-up dairy herd of 70 crossbred cows.
If i could get d finance id love to put in a robot. There would always be some1 around here. Id have to look into them more before id start deciding to go that routeJust outside the village of Frenchpark in Co. Roscommon lies a new start-up dairy herd of 70 crossbred cows.www.agriland.ie
Iv read stories of a good few going back to parlours. I was talking to a man a few years ago and he wanted to go dairying but put in robots so he would only have to feed cows and do nothing else in his wordsOne of 1st round here to put a robot in has now got a 10/20 swing over and an old friend has dropped his 6 robots in favour of a rapid exit parlour,they don’t suit everyone,well Lely and co make the most money out of them.
I think you have to be really on top of your game for grass measurement and allocation if you're putting in robots and mostly grazing. It's the shortage of grass every 8 hours, and not before, that drive the cows to the robot and onto the next paddock.If i could get d finance id love to put in a robot. There would always be some1 around here. Id have to look into them more before id start deciding to go that route
A lad told my father a year or 2 ago that has robots. That they will break u as quick if mot quicker than make u if not done right. It would be interesting to see that breakdown and see if theres a common reasonI think you have to be really on top of your game for grass measurement and allocation if you're putting in robots and mostly grazing. It's the shortage of grass every 8 hours, and not before, that drive the cows to the robot and onto the next paddock.
I'd love to get a breakdown of why lads moved away from robots but I doubt the different companies would supply the reasons.
It takes me similar 48 cows in a 6 unit ,the bringing in the cows changing the fence is the time killer for me the cows have a long walk for more then half the rotation it is just so much faster when they are near the parlour maybe the neighbour might swap fields with me!!!
That's a lot of time for just milking?Sorry yes I am including bringing in cows from field to closing them out again .
So 1.5 hours for milking and another hour for washing machine parlour and bringing in and out cows .
Well it's under 2 hours this time of year .
That's the thing, really. The milking routine is hugely important. We would rarely wash a cow, they're drawn once a day and there's no cluster dipping and such. Dry wipe if necessary, draw left in the morning, right in the evening and that's done while getting the cluster in place for putting it on. We would draw them all during spring before they go out or for a week after calving but unless there's one with a high scc, cluster on and move onto the next. We feed a small bit of meal all year to encourage the cows in, we would only go into the yard for cows in the last 2 rounds and then only when the last unit is on and we need 2 or 3 cows to fill the row.I know a guy how re did up his old parlour modernised it and added a couple of units and was peed off cos he wasn't saving time on milking. Even got the manufactures out and everything. Turned out his milking procedure was all over the place.
35 seconds per cow including washing here. Length of time in seconds divided by no of cows.
Your figure podge works out at 94 seconds per cow.
My figure does not include bringing them in and out tho. I’m referring to the minute I walk into the parlour to start to the minute I hit the wash button. It’s at peak I’m talking about, it’s a lot less these days.Interesting calculation. Works out roughly 42sec here the morning and 33sec evening (cows milked at 15 and 9hours intervals), main hold up here though is cows need to cross a public laneway or road 2/3s of the time so I've to keep them in holding yard until end of milking. 14unit parlour, if I had 18 or 20 units I'd probably knock that down to your level, but I'm unlikely to bother with that.