Finding, hiring, and retaining labor has in recent years become a problem for dairy farms across the world. Automated milking systems (AMS) are increasingly becoming popular since they solve this problem while increasing productivity, milking efficiency, and reducing the handling required in lactating dairy cows.
While these have been employed in confinement production systems with success its adoption in grazing systems still lags. The adoption in the traditional confinement systems has increased since its first introduction in the Netherlands in the early 90’s to an estimated 50,000 units on 25,000 farms in 2019.
It is even estimated that in Europe nearly half of dairy start-ups do so with AMS with some countries having an adoption rate of nearly 23%.