Lameness in robotic dairies

Robotic milking is becoming popular on dairy farms. The University of Minnesota Extension team reported that the top three reasons for installing a milking robot were improved lifestyle
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Robotic milking is becoming popular on dairy farms. The University of Minnesota Extension team reported that the top three reasons for installing a milking robot were improved lifestyle, reduced hired labor and the ability to grow without additional hired labor.

Along with feeding the cows, cleaning the facilities and taking care of cow’s health and reproduction, fetching cows is one of the main tasks on robotic dairies. It has been reported, on average, 8% of the cows must be fetched to the robots, and dairy workers spend 51 minutes per day per robot fetching cows.

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