Delaval VMS robot takes tour of County Down

John, Catherine and baby Samuel McCormack pictured with Delaval's Stafford McElrea.

John, Catherine and baby Samuel McCormack pictured with Delaval's Stafford McElrea.

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At a recent open day on the premises of Francis Dunn, Donaghadee, Co Down, local farmers were offered the opportunity to view a working model of the new DeLaval VMS robotic milking machine.

A large attendance of local farmers included David Cargill who recently purchased a DeLaval VMS robot, which will be supported and serviced by local dealer, Francis Dunn.

Since the launch of the DeLaval VMS robot last year it has been of great interest to farmers in the area, and the event was hosted to further promote robotic milking.

Speaking at the open day DeLaval’s Stafford McElrea stated that farmers have been very impressed with the many features of the DeLaval VMS robot including a guided system called a ‘smartgate’, which only allows cows to be milked into the robot.

He stated: “This maximises the number of milkings by the robot and also reduces labour in gathering up those cows that have not entered the robot.”

Another feature of the robot impressing farmers was the teat preparation mechanism which operates using air and water.

This works to not only improve hygiene but also to stimulate quicker let down of milk.

Also on hand during the day was DeLaval’s Area Manager, James Mullholland who was offering farmers sound advice on after sales maintenance and service.

He stated: “Maintenance and service are critical to the long term performance of any farming equipment.”

James was available to brief farmers on the importance of cow comfort, controlling mastitis and TBC’s for which DeLaval have developed a range of products, including the new to market ‘Iobac’ teat dip.

Further open days to view the DeLaval VMS robot have taken place across the region including Stephen Moore’s, Coleraine who are also local DeLaval dealers.