Automated milking systems are quickly becoming the norm as dairy producers around the globe look for greater flexibility, reliable controls and better milking performance to make their operations more sustainable. DeLaval recently sold its 10,000th Voluntary Milking System VMS™ to Glenirvine Farms in Fergus, Ontario.
“This is a huge milestone which represents the hard work of many, including engineers, product specialists, service technicians, the sales network, and of course, our customers,” said Jonas Hällman, Director of Automatic Milking Systems for DeLaval International. “What I think this achievement really signifies is the direction in which the industry is headed: towards more on-farm automation and integrated dairy farm management technology.”
As a pioneer of automated milking systems, DeLaval obtained its first voluntary milking patent in 1982, and installed on-farm milking robots in Holland in the early 1990s. The first generation DeLaval VMS units were sold in 1998. Dairy producers have come to appreciate VMS’ innovative design which allows for round-the-clock milking with record-setting milk yields and top milk quality. Other features include accurate quarter milking, an easy-to-use touchscreen, and full system integration and upgradeability possibilities.
Glenirvine Farms will install the 10,000th DeLaval VMS at its new facility early next year. The owners, Doug and Lynda Jefferson and Andrew and Amanda Den Haan, have been milking their 50-cow herd with a double-4 DeLaval herringbone parlour for the last 40 years.
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DeLaval is a leading supplier of solutions that improve the performance of farms of professional food producers. We support our customers in reducing their environmental footprint while improving food production, profitability and the well-being of the people and animals involved. We offer products, systems and services for all steps of milk production. Our solutions are used by millions of dairy farmers around the globe every day.
DeLaval was founded more than 125 years ago in Sweden, when the visionary Gustaf de Laval patented the cream separator. Today, DeLaval has 4,500 employees and operates in more than 100 markets. DeLaval, alongside Tetra Pak and Sidel, is part of the Tetra Laval Group.