Smart farming developing in China

China is investing in robotic farming and DeLaval is helping share best practice. 

In the far North East of China lies the rich pasture lands of the Heilonjiang province. Heilonjiang is regarded as one of the prime farming areas in the entire country. The Chinese government is investing here in what it sees as the next wave of farming, by subsidizing medium-scale farms that have less than 100 cows and helping them increase to 300–500 cows. 

With farms of this size, new knowledge is required and new methods. DeLaval has signed a Cooperation Agreement with the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) to help promote smart farming in the entire province.

Harbin is the province’s capital city and recently played host to the 2016 China International Dairy Expo & Summit.  DeLaval was on-hand to display several of its products and solutions including DeLaval VMS™ (Voluntary Milking System), DeLaval DelPro™ Farm Manager, DeLaval body condition scoring BCS, teat dip Blockade and DeLaval Cloverliner. DeLaval also held forums on “Smart Technology and Robots in dairy industry” and “Parlour Details Management.” 

Robotic farming is relatively new to this part of China but is seen as an important piece of the puzzle in developing large scale farming in the region as it can help improve production, reduce costs and reduce negative environmental impacts.

Robotic farming is relatively new to this part of China but is seen as an important piece of the puzzle in developing large scale farming in the region as it can help improve production, reduce costs and reduce negative environmental impacts.

DeLaval will remain in the area to share practical experience with customers but also as the market leader in robotic farming. More than 70% of large scale dairy farms in Northeast China are using milking equipment from DeLaval to help them develop their farms.