FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. The robotic arm is parked away from the cow. The farmer can kneel beside the cow and attach milkers manually without the arm. This is especially nice for the first calf heifers. The teat cups will automatically detach as milk flow from each individual quarter diminishes. This occurs effortlessly, without the involvement of the robotic arm.

Yes. Galaxy Astrea 20.20 uses both a laser and a camera to "see" and attach rear teats that are higher than front teats.

Coordinate bin size with your nutritionist and feed delivery company for maximum economic advantage.

Cow traffic, production, and management affect this for any brand of robot. Galaxy Astrea 20.20 is designed to work naturally with the cow to increase milkability. The system reduces the stress and labor of moving and milking cows by fully automating the teat cleaning, milking, grain feeding, screening, and separation of waste milk with one robot serving two boxes.

Efficiencies are gained with this two-box system because the robotic arm is only used to prep the udder and attach the teat cups. It does not stay under the cow during milking and is not needed for detachment. Teat-cups automatically retract to cup-holders, where they are sterilized and stored between cows.

 

In example average herds with average management (U.S. and Holland), the number of daily cow milkings per robot averaged 300 to 329. This equates to 113 to 120 cows being milked 2.7 to 3.0 times/cow/day with one robotic arm, thus spreading the robotic investment cost over more cow milkings. These are average figures, and they leave 16.6% free time (almost 4 hours) to advance the dairy's management for more cows, higher production, or more milkings.

One year after installation on a U.S. dairy, the producer reports the AMS-Galaxy-USA Astrea 20.20 is milking 120 cows an average 2.9 milkings/cow/day, and the herd has broken the farms own production records averaging 80lbs/cow/day.

The robot should be set so cows enter from the free stall area and exit back to feed and freestalls. An option would be to have the cows sorted straight ahead into a special needs area.

No. This robotic arm is a robust, off-the-shelf Motorman that has been proven over 100,000 in comercial use worldwide under harsh 24/7 manufacturing environments. Galaxy Astrea 20.20 is designed around this industrial arm, which requires grease only twice a year and is estimated to outlast competitors by 2-5 times !

The FDA does not approve Automatic Milking Systems but enforces the PMO (Pasteurized Milk Ordinance).

Galaxy Astrea 20.20 continues milking for as long as it takes to restore your PC.

Work with your nutritionist and talk to us about achieving a balance that replaces some of the energy in the TMR that would represent a certain level of milk production, which is then fed in pellet form in the robotic milking box.

You make the call. Enter the amount fed to each cow as often as desired; or set up a feeding curve for each cow and the robot will make the changes.

No. The robotic arm only preps and attaches. It does not stay under the cow during milking. This frees the robot arm to prep a cow in one box while another cow milks and detaches automatically in the other box.


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