Current routines in conventional milking parlors rely extensively on manual operations: cleaning the teats, stimulating milk release, attaching the milking equipment, and disinfecting the teats after milking. Trained operators perform these repetitive routines, resulting in high labor costs, inconsistent quality of performance, and a great dependence on scarce manpower.
MiRobot is developing the next-generation robotic milking systems for cost-effective, high-performance automatic milking in medium and large dairy farms (200 to >3,000 cows). Designed as an add-on to conventional milking parlor equipment, MiRobot’s system comprises fully automatic, state-of-the-art robotic arms installed in each milking stall. The robotic arms clean, stimulate milk release, attach the milking cluster, and execute post-milking routines, producing a procedure that is uniform, reliable, and of the highest quality.
The MiRobot multi-stall system allows farmers to milk dozens of cows simultaneously with only one operator, as opposed to the current routine that requires two to six operators. The MiRobot system is environmentally friendly and automatically collects and disposes of the iodine used for disinfecting.
MiRobot’s system offers improvements in cost, efficiency, and quality.
Tal Bareket, Ph.D., CTO & CEO: Former VP R&D, SAE Afikim, a world leader in dairy herd management systems; Ph.D., cognitive psychology, Tel Aviv University; M.Sc., industrial engineering, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
The addressable market in the United States, Western Europe, and Australia includes more than 50,000 dairy farms of 200 cows or more. In the United States alone, the market potential exceeds $2.5 billion. Other milking robots exist, but they address the small dairy farm (under 200 cows), a completely different market.
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