DeLaval launches new autonomous feeding robot

The robot will be launched in the EU this spring
calendar icon 29 March 2023
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DeLaval robots has expanded its range of robots with the launch of an autonomous feed distribution robot, OptiWagon, the Swedish company said in a press release. The new robot will be launched as a module in its complete automated feeding solution, DeLaval Optimat. According to the company, the total feeding solution provides everything from weighing, cutting and mixing to delivering the feed to the feed table.

The OptiWagon is capable of providing various animal groups with a different feed mix up to 12 times per day. The recipes and the routes for the OptiWagon is set up and adjusted via the DeLaval DelPro farm management system. 

“The new feed distribution robot helps to optimise the conversion of the roughage dry matter into milk. Being able to do this efficiently is a great benefit on a dairy farm," said Ludo Bols, Feeding Systems Specialist at DeLaval. “By including the OptiWagon as part of the Optimat system you have an efficient and flexible feeding system that can help to save valuable time and limit energy costs on farms.

DeLaval stands by its concept of having separate products for mixing and cutting and distributing the feed. “This way we develop the product to do the job it is meant to do in the best possible way,” said Bols.

The Optimat system has installed on over 600 farms globally, mainly in Europe. The system is available in two versions: DeLaval Optimat Standard and DeLaval Optimat Master. The standard version is a simple and effective system, suitable for dairy farms with 120 to 130 cows, and the master version is a fully automatic feeding solution, created for a capacity of up to 1,000 cows.

The OptiWagon is being launched in most European markets during the spring.

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