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.


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