In the Gemini milking robot cow is milked between the hind legs. The dairy cow is approached in a similar way as in a side-by-side milking parlour. While the cow calmly eats, the milking robot approachesher from behind. It is also a safe place for the milker, in this case the robot arm, to milk cows and get them used to being milked. With a milking robot, everything is therefore completely automatic and relaxed.
Before milking starts, each teat must be prepared separately for the purpose of optimal teat cleaning, teat stimulation, stripping, maximum oxytocin production and release for the best milk let-down.
The entire pre-treatment process can take 60 to 90 seconds, which is as long as the cow needs for optimal oxytocin release.
Conventional robots are not suitable for French farms, as the average size of a dairy herd is 75 cows. One robot will quickly be saturated, especially if the herd is grazing. Two would be under-used, not to mention the amount of investment… BouMatic has the answer. The Gemini single box robot is suitable for around 60 cows and the double box for up to 110 cows.
Can my cows continue to graze if I decide to milk with a robot? Yes, they can, if the size of the robot takes into account the time spent in the pastures, and if equipment such as sorting fences is installed to facilitate access. If you decide to milk with a robot, it doesn’t mean cows can no longer graze in a pasture. After all, it would be a waste not to exploit the accessible pasture area that keeps feed costs low and improves animal welfare. However, you do need to think carefully in advance about what milking system to choose, and the feeding details and method.
It all starts with the OneView dashboard, which is a powerful and visually easy tool to interpret for monitoring your dairy farm! A variety of management information is provided on the spot, such as the cow fetch list, the milking attentions and your real time robot performance overview. Coloured alerts will help you to spot info that needs your immediate attention. Diagnostic screens provide users and technicians convenient access to data signals on your device (computer, smartphone or tablet) allowing your ability to optimize your Gemini robot system, saving you both time and money.