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Design methodology for robotic milking barn - modelling, simulation, validation and optimization
Year:
1999
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Authors :
Halachmi, Ilan
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Maltz, Ephraim
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The traditional barn design is a milking parlour oriented. To integrate a milking robot the barn should be redesigned according to the robotic milking concept. The entire system (barn design, feeding and cow-traffic routines, management practices) should encourage 'voluntary milking', i.e., it should ensure sufficiently frequent visits of the cow to the robot. An optimal layout should balance animal welfare, on the one hand, and the economic need for high facility utilisation, on the other hand. These two conflicting forces (which are to be optimised) should be incorporated into management practices and physical layout. However, the actual capacity (performance) of each facility (such as robot, forage lane, concentrate feeder) in the robotic milking barn (RMB) depends on cow access (animal behaviour), barn design, farm routine and management practices. There is also a wide diversity among farmers and local conditions, therefore the optimal layout may differ among farms. Numerous important factors are evaluated as a system when RMB is designed, but it is usually difficult to quantify how consideration of these factors may affect production or income. Taken together these factors and their variations mean that we are dealing with a quite complex system. The optimal RMB layout (the solution) has to be matched to individual farm conditions, adjustable for any farmer or site, but the design methodology should be universally applicable. Therefore, the objective of this study was to develop a design methodology for finding the optimal layout for a robotic milking barn before the barn is built, and to implement the methodology into a practical design tool, embedded in a user-friendly software application, ready for use in the barn during a consulting session.

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animal housing
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Language:
English
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Design methodology for robotic milking barn - modelling, simulation, validation and optimization
Design methodology for robotic milking barn .

The traditional barn design is a milking parlour oriented. To integrate a milking robot the barn should be redesigned according to the robotic milking concept. The entire system (barn design, feeding and cow-traffic routines, management practices) should encourage 'voluntary milking', i.e., it should ensure sufficiently frequent visits of the cow to the robot. An optimal layout should balance animal welfare, on the one hand, and the economic need for high facility utilisation, on the other hand. These two conflicting forces (which are to be optimised) should be incorporated into management practices and physical layout. However, the actual capacity (performance) of each facility (such as robot, forage lane, concentrate feeder) in the robotic milking barn (RMB) depends on cow access (animal behaviour), barn design, farm routine and management practices. There is also a wide diversity among farmers and local conditions, therefore the optimal layout may differ among farms. Numerous important factors are evaluated as a system when RMB is designed, but it is usually difficult to quantify how consideration of these factors may affect production or income. Taken together these factors and their variations mean that we are dealing with a quite complex system. The optimal RMB layout (the solution) has to be matched to individual farm conditions, adjustable for any farmer or site, but the design methodology should be universally applicable. Therefore, the objective of this study was to develop a design methodology for finding the optimal layout for a robotic milking barn before the barn is built, and to implement the methodology into a practical design tool, embedded in a user-friendly software application, ready for use in the barn during a consulting session.

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