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DeLaval unveiled its Teat Spray Robot (TSR) this week at EuroTier 2012 in Hanover, Germany. TSR is an automatic spray solution offering consistent application, optimal use of teat dip and less labor. The unique technology is designed to facilitate high capacity milking in rotary parlors, while helping to maintain farm profitability.
DeLaval introduced their automatic milking rotary, AMR, at EuroTier 2010 attracting dairy producers looking for ways to achieve greater efficiency, productivity and profitability. According to Robert Jensen, Business Development Manager at DeLaval International, DeLaval TSR is a natural spin-off solution from AMR.
“Farmers spend several hours a day manually post spraying teats after milking. Some up to 20 hours or more per day. TSR automatically sprays each teat helping to reduce labour at a time when farmers have difficulty hiring skilled employees,” Jensen said.
According to DeLaval, another advantage of TSR includes its consistent operation which can help keep cows calm. Jensen adds, “We know from our experience with DeLaval voluntary milking system VMS and AMR that cows like a predictable barn environment. Farmers can also create a good environment for their cows by using TSR.”
Teat dip consumption and coverage are consistently managed with TSR, which positively contributes to farm profitability. Consumption per cow depends on the product, its viscosity, and chosen spray pattern, but the system’s accuracy and uniformity will help keep conditions optimal for good udder health.
TSR is a stand alone unit designed for external milking rotaries. The cows are sprayed right after take-off at the end of rotation, not in the exit lane where bottlenecks can occur. Advanced technology contributes to the robot’s speed and precision, serving up to 400 cows an hour.
DeLaval TSR will be available in limited numbers in 2013 with a full launch in 2014.