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Technology update from World Dairy Expo

Marcia Endres
Dairy Extension Scientist

October 25, 2014

In early October, I had the opportunity to spend some time in the 'Center of the Dairy Universe', i.e. World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI. There was so much to see… pretty cows, yes, but also all the exhibitor booths, where I spent most of my time. I am mostly attracted to the newest precision and automation technologies, interspersed amongst everything else. As one exhibitor of precision feeding equipment mentioned to me, it is kind of hard to find these technology products with so many other things to see here. This reminds me to mention to please mark your calendars for the 2015 Precision Dairy Conference and Expo which will be a lot more specific to those technology companies. Dates are June 24-25, 2015.

If you read the list of 2014 Dairy Innovation Awards, you saw some of these technologies mentioned, which include cow behavior monitoring devices, hand-held scanning device for feed moisture analysis, creating an pre- and post-dip on-farm production plant, manure nutrient separation system, diversion system for milk according to components, apps for better management of robotic milking systems, and more. Details can be found here. Of course, there were a lot more technologies yet... exciting times!

As I mention robotic milking, I would like to summarize here some key points I made during my talk 'Milking with Robots: How is it Done? Part II' presented on October 2. More than 50% of the attendees indicated that they were interested in or planning to install robots in the future.

So, what are important things to consider if you are interested in using this technology?

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