The R&D Barn
Built in 1985, the R&D Barn at Hamra Farm is a loose housing barn where DeLaval’s product assortment is tested and developed. Milking is done in several different stalls such as DeLaval VMS™ - voluntary milking system, DeLaval AMR™ - automatic milking rotary, a herringbone parlour, a parallel parlour and smaller stalls for testing teat cups and liners.
As an engineer doing research and development at DeLaval, the proximity to the company heaquarters, the farm and the factory offer the unique possibility to innovate, prototype, test, correct and continue developing first-class products and solutions.
Three main areas of research at the R&D barn
Practical experience is mixed with theoretical skills in three main research areas:
- Milk Extraction / Liners & tubes / Polymer Materials
- System Tests - Herd Management and
- Environmental Resistibility
Testing at Hamra Farm takes up the working days of close to 70 staff, from doctors in chemistry, agronomists, farm foremen, masters in engineering to assistants.
An engineer will first test a product in the lab at headoffice; it is then tested at Hamra Farm. The next phase involves field tests, then on-farm pilots followed finally by the release and launch of the product to the market.
We currently perform on-farm pilots on around 80 Swedish dairy farms with whom we have a tight co-operation.
The R&D Barn in brief
Number of cubicles: 96
Area: 1 872 m2
Cubicle: 1.25 x 1.80 m with open front
Treatment box: 1
- Test stall 1x10 parallel parlour
- Test stall 2x7 herringbone parlour HB30
- Test stall rotary system
- Test stall milking robot
- Milking equipment: DeLaval milking point MP700
- Cooling tank: 12 000 litres
- Overhead feed wagon
- Concentrate stations: 5 according to tests-experiments
- Manure system: Slatted floor with automatic underground