Robotic Milking and Mastitis Seminar

Provided by

About the course



  1. Why choose a robot ~ what are we trying to achieve, advantages and disadvantages and potential pitfalls? How to help guide your clients through this maze
  2. Robot capacity ~ how many cows will a robot milk, idle time - what is it and why it is important. Consequences of low idle time.
  3. Cow flow ~ what gets a cow into the robot, free access, feed first, what are the common mistakes made here
  4. How to adapt cows to robots ~ the vital first days
  5. Milking routine ~ how does the robot work. What are its limitations. What common problems are encountered, how do you assess its performance. Which robots do what in relation to preparation
  6. Mastitis detection and warning messages ~ so many messages, what do they mean, how to detect mastitis, how to avoid overtreatment
  7. Management considerations.    Cow adaptation, replacements and heifers, environment, frequency of milking
  8. Mastitis and milk quality targets ~ what data should you monitor, what are acceptable targets, what is achieved in the field
  9. Common problems encountered with robots ~ the A to Z of all the things that can and have gone wrong!

The seminar is presented in a practical format that involves discussions amongst all participants.

Farm visit to a robotic dairy unit

There will be a detailed appraisal of a problem herd where participants will work in small groups to solve the problem. 

Related article

Adam Bernstein explains why CPD is so important and explores the various ways vets and vet nurses can maintain and develop their knowledge and skills.