About the course
COURSE TUTORS; PETER EDMONDSON & ROGER BLOWEY
KEY LEARNING OBJECTIVES;
- 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
- Robot capacity ~ how many cows will a robot milk, idle time - what is it and why it is important. Consequences of low idle time.
- Cow flow ~ what gets a cow into the robot, free access, feed first, what are the common mistakes made here
- How to adapt cows to robots ~ the vital first days
- 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
- Mastitis detection and warning messages ~ so many messages, what do they mean, how to detect mastitis, how to avoid overtreatment
- Management considerations. Cow adaptation, replacements and heifers, environment, frequency of milking
- Mastitis and milk quality targets ~ what data should you monitor, what are acceptable targets, what is achieved in the field
- 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.