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First DeLaval AMR commercial installation sold


The pasture-based dairy farm where the automatic milking rotary will be installed is located in Tasmania, Australia. It represents the worlds first commercial installation of its kind.

DeLaval International announced today the first commercial installation of the DeLaval AMRTM, the automated milking rotary presented in November 2010 at the EuroTier tradeshow in Hannover. This is a very significant milestone for DeLaval. Farmers with herds of 300-800 cows have been waiting for a solution like this. The AMRTM is a paradigm shift in technology set to revolutionize high capacity automatic milking, said DeLaval Vice President Business Area Capital Goods Andrew Turner.

The Dornauf family in Tasmania will be the first AMRTM commercial dairy farmers. Today 3 generations Ian and Jenny, Chris and Lynn, and Nick – run three dairy operations and milk over 1100 cows. A completely new site will be set up for the DeLaval AMRTM. The Dornaufs AMRTM will be built up during the next 2-3 years to a 500-600 head operation in a voluntary cow traffic system.

We see this technology as being vital to the future of the dairy industry, and we are excited about being involved at the start of this revolution. We see this move to large scale automated milking as a key milestone in our business development, said Chris Dornauf. We invested in the AMRTM because we want to manage our farm in a way that allows us to focus on the cows performance rather than on the manual task of milking them. I think this is the system that will help me achieve that goal.

The Dornaufs pasture based systems are supplemented with silage and concentrate. The production level on their sites fluctuates between 520-620 kg milk solids per cow per lactation.

The DeLaval AMR was developed with three key customer benefits in mind; profitability, farm management and flexibility. The main components of the AMRTM are teat preparation, attachment and teat-spray modules, two touch screens to operate the system, automatic cup backflush, automatic floor cleaning and safety systems. The first AMR systems will have up to 90 cow/hour capacity, depending on the number of robots installed. As many as five robots can be attached to the rotary.

I would like to acknowledge the collaboration with Future Dairy Project in Australia that has resulted in the successful development of this significant technology, Andrew Turner said.

The challenge to develop the AMRTM was to bring to market a flexible system that works equally well on all types of farming operations. Another goal was to offer a modular approach so dairy farmers can scale up; they can start with a lower level of automation and then increase as their business grows. Its a huge advantage, Andrew Turner said. Less capital is needed from the outset.

DeLaval is testing the AMRTM on farms in Sweden and in Australia and plans further commercial releases in those two countries during 2011. It will be available in other selected markets in 2012.


Every day millions of dairy animals are milked, fed and maintained by DeLaval solutions in more than 100 countries worldwide and DeLaval meets with over 10 000 milk producers on their farms.
DeLaval has over 125 years of innovation and experience in the dairy business, supporting dairy farmers in managing their farms their way. Our Sustainable Dairy Farming initiative is contributing to the production of more quality food, for more people, with less impact on the environment. Our Smart Farming strategy aims at influencing and shaping the future of dairy farming today. The goal is to accelerate the transition from milking management to global farm profitability management by harnessing emerging decision tools and automation technologies for better quality milk and profits. DeLaval is a company of the Tetra Laval Group.

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