In order to improve quality of life through greater flexibility, back in 2017, Stefanie and Felix started thinking about automatic milking systems and looked at different systems in action at their peers’ farms and compared their advantages and disadvantages.
When starting our new barn project in 2016, we visited many installations in order to make the best choice for our milking system. After comparing similar systems of different brands, BouMatic’s SmartWay 90 rear milking system proved to be the best choice for us.
The Goulet family runs the Goutel farm in Quebec. Spouses Claude and Kathy have been owners of Goutel for the past 28 years. Claude is the third generation Goulet on the farm. Pascal and Francis are the next generation. The farm has about 250 head with roughly 140-150 milking cows. They had two robots initially in May 2017 and in April 2018 they installed their third robot.
Vincent Roy is the third generation of the farm Patroy and Sons. They have an MR-D2 robot and currently milk 65 cows on the robot. “We currently have an average of 3.1 visits to the robot per cow and have an average milk production of 34kg per cow per day with an average of 160-180 days in milk. We have a potential of 80 stalls. We transitioned from a tie stall to a free stall.”
Brothers, Benoit Gaudette and Patrick Gaudette are the co-owners of B.M.G. Gaudette Enterprises. The Gaudette family farm is home to one MR-D1 and one MR-S1 BouMatic Robotics milking robots. They also have a poultry operation and do cash cropping. Most recently they received the dual attachment technology with the 3D camera. The failed attachments immediately dropped down from 3.5% to a 1.5% failure rate.
The Frizzell Family enjoys high productivity from their Valleyville Farms operation – a 1600-acre farm near Glen Valley on Prince Edward Island, Canada. In 2014, they installed four BouMatic Robotics milking robots, two MR-D1 double box robots and two MR-S1 single box robots. The units were installed directly into their existing barn with little impact on the overall facility. The Frizzell Family point to the flexibility of schedule that comes with the robots as a major benefit. It frees them up so they no longer miss family events and personal pursuits beyond the dairy - something they are all grateful for!
The Toop Family Dairy Farm is experiencing great success with BouMatic Robotic's new camera-on-the-head technology.
Frans and Thecla are still clearly delighted with their decision to go with the MR-D1. With a smile, Thecla finishes: “I am still very proud that we were the first to have the machine in our barn. It was a major event at the time: in the beginning, everyone came to look at it. They arrived in bus-loads and we even had some interest from Canada and America. We even set up a visitor’s book at one point. It is a bit calmer now but it remains a beautiful device. A little miracle!”
At Gaec le Rocher they milk with a BouMatic Robotics MR-D1 milking robot since November 2017 and they are still absolutely convinved of their choice. "We have gained the quality of milking and quality of life!" Their choice was also guided by the low cost of maintenance, the proximity of their dealer as well as the - the "double gripper" system that fetches two cups to at the same time for increased efficiency and speed.
At the Schoorlemmer dairy farm, the Schoorlemmer family milk 120 cows with 2 MR-S1 milking robots from BouMatic Robotics. Since they made the switch to milking robots, they are much more flexible in the way they plan both their work on the dairy farm and their spare time. At the time they chose the BouMatic Robotics milking robots because of the way they fitted into their existing infrastructure, with milking between the hind legs and good selection possibilities.
Alois and Beryla Lerchner, the owners of the bio farm Lerchner in St.-Margarethen (Austria) milk with a 1x8 Formule 1 Parallel milking system since December 2018. The animal comfort, superior milking technology and Flo-Star MAX milking claw convinced them to choose BouMatic.
Team: Alex, Jean-Charles and Marc ROUSSEY Herd: 90 cows (Montbéliardes) Annual production: 700 000 liters AOP or IGP: Comté Type of installation: 20/24 stall rotary milking parlour - automatic cluster removal - SmartDairy / start-up in May 2015
Marielle Lenferink, is the eldest Lenferink daughter and she has the lead role in the family business. Marielle got acquainted with the BouMatic milking philosopy and quality during her internship in a BouMatic parlour. “We milked with the BouMatic claw, which felt so light! That experience from the past settled the matter for me when we had to invest in a new parlour system in our own company. I wanted a BouMatic! We also chose BouMatic because of its toughness, reliability and the stainless steel. I feel fortunate every day that we chose BouMatic!”
"We chose this rotary because of BouMatic's good reputation in reliable and durable milking rotaries for milking around the clock. Our new rotary is very functional, runs quickly and efficiently and it increased our milk production. We are milking remarkably faster with this new rotary. Previously it took us 5 hours to milk our cows with our 20 years old milking system; today we milk in one hour!
In the farthest outpost in the Netherlands, the Midwolda in Groningen, lives the Brink family: Han and Irma and their sons Jordy, Rick and Steffan . They man the farming company that they took over from Irma’s parents in 2001. Han, who grew up on a farm, runs the dairy section, helped by Irma who also takes care of the children and the runs the household. There is a real eye-catcher in the barn: the MR-D1™, or a double stall.