Robotic Dairy Scott Hingtgen

(Scott) Scott Hingtgen. This is my son Cameron. I have two daughters Grace and Gabby, wife Jessica. I started milking in 1990. Hired help was gonna be an issue, so we started the robots in December of 2011. The robots run 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The cow’s turning the robot here right now. This particular model uses a scale, the laser and seven days worth of history to help locate the teats, compression gets better and better with time. And the reason to use all that stuff is cause udder changes through lactation. We know her as 594, the robot knows her as her responder number. Each cow is wearing a collar with a responder on it. A responder is for identification, rumination and heat activity. It records 20 minutes a day. This particular cow would chew her cud to alert us that she is having some health issue. It will also alert us if she’s pacing the barn. The more activity it has, it will show up on a computer. It will alert us that she could possibly be in heat. We’re currently milking 2.8 to 3 milkings a day with the robots. We’re as proud of the robots are only milking twice a day. With increased visits our production’s gone up 14 pounds, from about 74 to anywhere from around 86 to 90. She has currently given 30.7 pounds this visit. It’s saying these two quarters are half done. This one’s about done. And rate appears half done. This is how many minutes is in each quarter. There are some times early mornings that the cows may not visit the robot as much. But the robots will call me if no cow’s gone through within a half hour. I got a phone call about 4:30 I think it was that a chain got caught. So it will fail three cows in a row and then it will shut the robot down and call me. There’s numerous reports, we can go out here, tell us there are 326 cows in the barns, 30 field milkings in the last little over a day. This is if you’re out in the barn, you want to check something quick, these are the reports we look at. What entices the cows to come in is the robot pellet which is stored in the vault pen here. They actually get six pounds per visit, but some cows only get two or three. They’re gonna average about 12 pounds per cow, the pellet. If your cow weighs 1,484 pounds, she’s gonna get fed the maximum, 6.6 pounds of feed at this visit. She’s currently received 4.6 pounds. She’s been in here for six minutes and 40 seconds. That’s kind of a rough estimate that that computer learns approximately how long this cow may be in here. Sometimes it’s pretty close, sometimes the cow’s fidgety maybe a little longer. And maintenance wise, about once a week we try scanning the cups in the robot to help it do a better job of finding the cow or the teats, excuse me. Morning and night we wash the robots down. We check hoses, strings, chains. We have about 110 free stalls, cow comfort and overall cow udder health has been pretty good. We’ve used sand since we started milking with the free stall barn. It’s been a pretty good experience so far. They’re kind of warning us that a couple more years that maybe it’s gonna be a more dollars on maintenance on the robots. But it’s just increased the flexibility we’ve had with the robots. We’ve got good luck with it.

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