Strong interest in robotic milking

Innovative: Part of the crowd of more than 100 people who attended a field day at Phil and Symone Vines' robotic dairy in Simpson. The four robotic milking machines milked 270 cows a day last year, and will milk 320 cows this year.

Innovative: Part of the crowd of more than 100 people who attended a field day at Phil and Symone Vines' robotic dairy in Simpson. The four robotic milking machines milked 270 cows a day last year, and will milk 320 cows this year.

Simpson dairy farmer Phil Vines says the relaxed disposition of cows in a robotic dairy was what persuaded him to install a robotic dairy last year.

Mr Vines said that since all the interaction the cows had with people was positive, they were very relaxed with people in the robotic dairy.

He said he had installed the four Lely Astronaut robots because the family ran two dairy farms and were stretched for time.

The robotic dairy allowed him to milk 270 cows with .75 of a full time position.

More than 100 people took part in a field day at the Vines’ dairy last month that enabled them to see the robots in action. The field day was organised by the Lely Centre Western District, part of Western District Agricentre in Warrnambool. 

Field day: Phil, front centre, and Symone Vines speak at the field day that was also addressed by Jurgen Steen, front left, from Lely Australia.

Field day: Phil, front centre, and Symone Vines speak at the field day that was also addressed by Jurgen Steen, front left, from Lely Australia.

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