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Robot Feeds Southland Dairy Cows

13 September 2019

NEW ZEALAND - The use of robotics in the dairy industry has taken a step forward, with the launch of the first robotic feed pusher in New Zealand to also refresh and remix feed.

The new robot has just been installed on a Southland dairy farm and uses cutting edge technology to remix and reposition supplementary feed in barns and on feed pads.

It can also be programmed to position and mix feed around the clock, to increase feed intake and reduce waste.

Bruce Eade, who farms pedigree Ayrshires and Holstein Friesians near Gore, said the farm had already seen a milk production increase and savings on labour costs.

"We're not people who invest in new technology just for the sake of it," he said.

"We had been pushing feed out with a tractor but when we started autumn calving and winter milking we could justify buying a robot to give the cows automated access to more palatable feed throughout the day and night," said Eade.

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Source: Newshub

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