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Robotic Milking

Jan Hulsen & Jack Rodenburg

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Robotic Milking is a book about managing robotic dairy farms. It is full of practical information, management information and ideas. It is written by Jan Hulsen of the Vetvice Group and Jack Rodenburg, so you are assured of practical, complete and accessible information.

About The Book

The success of robotic milking is based on the cows in the barn. This concerns housing, feed, care and working with the animals. The first task of the robot farmer is to leave the cows in peace. They must be healthy, they must enjoy eating concentrate and they must go easily to the robot to be milked. No more is required, but certainly no less.

The second challenge for the dairy farmer who is starting robotic milking is organizing the work. There are few tasks that take place at fixed times, but the farmer still has to have daily work lists. And he relies heavily on information that is provided by the computer.

Because the cows must be super-healthy and stay super-healthy, and the technical apparatus must continue to work perfectly. Prevention and thinking ahead are crucial. "Good enough" does not work; only "excellent" is acceptable.

The successful robot farmer is a manager who knows how to distinguish important issues from subsidiary ones. He focuses primarily on the cows, thinks in terms of processes and can work well with management information.

Additional Information

Author Jan Hulsen & Jack Rodenburg
Availability In Print
Dimensions 26.5 x 20.4cm
Extent 52pp
ISBN 978-90-8740-043-9
Publication date 2008
Book Type Softcover



1. The daily tasks

  • The first tasks of the morning
  • Organizing your day effectively
  • Morning chores
  • Inspection round
  • Feeding and Feed Intake

2. Weekly and monthly chores

  • Develop protocols and systems
  • Develop protocols and systems: insemination
  • The dry period and transition
  • Introducing heifers to robotic milking
  • Cow flow and cow handling
  • Mastitis, somatic cell count and treatment
  • Hooves and cleanliness
  • Attention to hygiene
  • Hoof health

3. Know what is happening

  • Scheduling and process control
  • Achievement indicators and standard operating procedures
  • Work organization
  • Monitoring at-risk groups
  • Provide for cow welfare
  • Healthy milking routine
  • Labour organization
  • Key numbers, cow information and communication
  • Uno's, You Knows and bright ideas

4. Preparation and design

  • Preparation and design
  • Labor efficiency
  • Quality of work
  • Considerations for barn and operations planning
  • Barn layouts
  • Issue 1: grazing
  • Issue 2: a bedding pack barn
  • Management question: Are you a robot farmer?
  • Starting a robotic dairy


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