This November, colleagues and I travelled to the headquarters of GEA Germany to experience a full week of Monobox training. We were shown the intricacies of automated milking precision and performance, and gained a greater understanding of how robots could be the future of milking cows.
As a keen observer of milking dynamics I was impressed by the Monobox’s purpose.
Not just labour saving and a solution to many farm’s needs, but a very effective way to milk cows properly:
- Individual teat milking
- Individual teat pre-wash and stimulation
- Individual teat dumping
- Individual teat positioning
- In effect, perfect milking for each separate teat.
- Music to my ears.
I was taken by the engagement and determination of the GEA staff in Germany. The factory is working flat-out, with the Monobox rightly in great demand.
Both my colleagues and I have undertaken training in GEA Germany, also GEA UK at Stoneleigh, MEA qualification at Reaseheath College and various on-line courses, the milking machine industry is at a state of heightened learning and progression.
We look to the future and are prepared.
By: Darren Mynard, Service Manager, United Milking Systems Ltd