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Fully robotic rotary parlors gain U.S. momentum

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17 Jul 2018
The automated milking trend continues to tick upwards in the U.S. GEA introduced the first fully automated robotic rotary parlor, DairyProQ, and installations quickly gained momentum with two completed at the end of 2017 and beginning of 2018, and four on track for completion by end-of-year.
GEA’s DairyProQ milking parlor is capable of milking up to 400 cows per hour with one operator.

GEA’s DairyProQ milking parlor is capable of milking up to 400 cows per hour with one operator.

Each milking stall is equipped with a robotic module that attaches the teatcups and then cleans, stimulates, fore-strips, milks, and post-dips each quarter, individually, for maximum efficiency.

Each milking stall is equipped with a robotic module that attaches the teatcups and then cleans, stimulates, fore-strips, milks, and post-dips each quarter, individually, for maximum efficiency.

“Robotic rotary parlors give dairy farmers the efficiency of rotary parlors with the consistency of robotic milking,” says Matt Daley, Senior Vice President of Sales, Milking and Dairy Farming for GEA North America. “The ability to essentially lock in labor costs for the future is driving these early adopters to choose the DairyProQ.” 

GEA’s DairyProQ is available in configurations from 28-80 robotic stalls and can milk up to 400 cows per hour with just one operator. The four new DairyProQ robotic rotary parlors under construction in the U.S. this year include:

  • Minnesota, 60-stalls for 2,000 cows starting up in June
  • Colorado, 60-stalls for 2,200 cows starting up in July
  • Texas, 80-stalls for 3,300 cows starting up in August
  • California, 72-stalls for 2,800 cows starting up in December

Two U.S. dairy farms currently milking with the DairyProQ include a 40-stall rotary milking 600 cows in Wisconsin and a 60-stall rotary in North Dakota, growing cow numbers regularly and currently milking 1,500 cows. 

These six farms will represent more than 12,000 cows milking in the U.S. using DairyProQ robotic rotary parlors. They join two additional systems in British Columbia, Canada that have been turning robotically since 2016. 

“For dairies of any size, it’s not a matter of if robots will be part of your operation, it’s a matter of when,” Daley says. 

Daley estimates 2 percent of U.S. cows are currently milked using robots (in rotary or box style configurations) and he predicts more than 30 - 40 percent of cows could be milked robotically in the next four to seven years.

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GEA is one of the world’s largest systems suppliers for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical sectors. The international industrial technology group specializes in machinery and plants as well as advanced process technology, components and comprehensive services.

With more than 18,000 employees, the group generated revenue of more than EUR 4.6 billion in fiscal year 2020. A major focus is on continuously enhancing the sustainability and efficiency of customers’ production processes. GEA plants, processes and components help achieve significant reductions in carbon emissions, plastic use and food waste in production worldwide. In this way, GEA makes a decisive contribution toward a sustainable future, fully in line with its corporate philosophy of “engineering for a better world.” GEA is listed in the German MDAX and the STOXX® Europe 600 Index, and is also among the companies comprising the DAX 50 ESG and MSCI Global Sustainability Indices.

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