Monday, January 21, 2008

And on his farm he had a robot E-I-E-I-O

From: American Agriculturalist
"Robotic Milking Takes Off in Northeast"

"Rising labor costs combined with the shortage of skilled dairy employees has many milk producers weighing expansion versus selling their herds. But today, technology and a growing service network is delivering a third option – robotic milking. Let the cows milk themselves up to three times a day often boosts milk output and cow longevity plus reduces milking labor. And, the technology also may help improve milk quality. That's why sales of robotic milking units are exploding in the Northeast this year. Officials for the DeLaval and Lely milking equipment manufacturing companies project that 50 to 60 robotic milking units will be installed on New York and Pennsylvania dairy farms this year..."

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