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.
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!”
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.
Egbert and Tineke van Wieren with sons Mike and Harry operate Four Clover Dairy Inc., southwest of Thedford, Ontario.