Au­to­mootic milk­ing the way for­ward

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY STEPHEN HAYWARD

Dairy herds COWS pre­fer be­ing milked by ro­bots to hu­mans.

They pro­duce 20 per cent more with au­to­mated milk­ing sys­tems, ac­cord­ing to new re­search.

Court Farm in Glouces­ter­shire is part of a grow­ing trend to­wards ro­botic sys­tems.

Owner Calvin Pugh said: “My wife and I were spend­ing five-and-a-half hours a day milk­ing cows.

“They need milk­ing more than twice a day and were hav­ing health is­sues be­cause of this.

“Now the cows have in­creased their yield by around 20 per cent. A lot of the health is­sues went away when we switched to ro­botic milk­ing too.”

By 2025 half of dairy herds in Europe will be milked robot­i­cally, say new es­ti­mates.

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