Global interest expected at robot demonstration

3:06pm Friday 4th April 2014

THE world’s first combined live robotic milking and feeding system demonstration will be staged at the Livestock Event at The NEC, Birmingham, on July 2 and 3.

It will see 40 loose-housed cows milking through a Lely Astronaut A4 while a Lely Vector automatic feeder system will ensure they have continual access to a self-mixed ration in the feed passage.

Lely’s Tomas Cooney expects huge interest. He said: “Our first live robotic demonstration at the Dairy Event in 2006 was an overwhelming success attracting more than 5,000 visitors.

“Since then, we have successfully demonstrated the Juno feed pusher in the live mixer wagon demonstrations. However, automated feeding and milking of a herd at the Livestock Event will be a world first and we expect tremendous interest in this new technology.”

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