Using mobile milking robots for special quality dairy products based on site-specific grazing

F.W. Oudshoorn, A.P. Philipsen, L. Dufrasne, A. van den Pol-van Dasselaar

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Abstract

An option for combining grazing and automatic milking is Infield Automatic Milking, with more or less mobile infield automatic milking systems (IAMS), which have been practiced since 2008 in several European countries. This emerging technology can be used to harvest milk from specific areas, giving specialized dairies the possibility to market concept milk, cheese or butter. Terroir dairy can be a new way to increase marginal product value and thereby farm income. Three different options are described; i) the IAMS placed on a stationary platform in the field, ii) movable together with facilities necessary for the functionality from field to field, iii) as a self propelled moving unit that changes positions in the field every day, requiring transportation of the milk to the field border. All systems could guarantee dairy products based on maximum grazing for the period the pasture can provide sufficient feeding. Batch size depends on the dairies minimum process volume for the specific products, local conditions will be decisive for the amount of days needed for pooling before production.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th EGF Symposium, Akureyri, Iceland, 23-26 June 2013
EditorsA. Helgadóttir
Pages276-278
Volume18
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Eventthe 17th EGF Symposium,Akureyri, Iceland -
Duration: 23 Jun 201326 Jun 2013

Conference

Conferencethe 17th EGF Symposium,Akureyri, Iceland
Period23/06/1326/06/13

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