Finland’s largest dairy farm Finnmilk opens its doors to the public using DeLaval’s AMR™(Automated Milking Rotary)

Stockholm, Sweden December 18, 2014 Today, Finland’s largest dairy farm Finnmilk, with 600 cows, opens its doors to the public as it starts milk production with the DeLaval AMR™ (Automated Milking Rotary).

Finnmilk  was established in 2013. The shareholders are Ari Teppo, Katja & Juhani Korkiamäki and Petter Sandelin. They have experience with robotic milking since 2003 when they installed several DeLaval VMS™. Their milk yield is high with an average of over 10 000 kg.

“We did not need convincing of the benefits of robotic milking as we have been advocates of that since our DeLaval VMS™ (Voluntary Milking system)installations in 2003. We wanted to take a key step forward in keeping labour costs low even for a herd size larger than 300. We explored different options and the alternative was a 50-bail parallel rotary. For that system one would need a labour force of around 4-6 persons more, and that really was not an option for us”, says Ari Teppo, one of the farm’s owners. “Another big plus for us was our longstanding relationship with DeLaval. They really understand us and our needs”.

Globally, the number of DeLaval AMR™ farms is steadily growing as farmers see the commercial benefits of automated milking, with a reduction of labour costs and an overall improvement of lifestyle being the main triggers. This trend is clearly experienced in Finland, where dairy farmers are already familiar with these benefits being one of the early adopters’ markets. This further supports the overall prediction that by 2020 the number of farms in Finland with herd sizes larger than 300 will triple. Consequently, it is not uncommon for several farmers to pool together, as is the case with Finnmilk.

Finnmilk  large barn is further equipped with a DeLaval silo cooling tank and a barn designed for better animal welfare. Cow comfort  is a core focus area for Finnmilk  and has been incorporated into its choice of aftermarket products such as rubber covered floors, well designed cubicles, large water troughs and  swinging cow brushes in each area improving cows wellbeing, activating rumination  and increasing resting time. The cows are also given a health care program which is intended to extend cow longevity on the farm.

Milking-, activity-, and cow calendar data are integrated into DeLaval DelPro™ Herd management system simplifying farm management routines significantly. 

“We are very pleased that Finnmilk  is now up and running. During the last few months, we have noticed an increased interest for our DeLaval AMR™, in particular from Germany, Scandinavia, and Southern Europe but also from countries like Japan and Australia. This shows that our AMR™  is gaining traction across the globe as opposed to a few select countries, which was the case in the past”, says Robert Jensen, AMR™  Business Development Manager DeLaval. DeLaval can offer these farm sizes three types of milking system: DeLaval AMR™, a traditional parallel rotary and a 8-10 DeLaval VMS™ milking robots. Each system has its strengths and after a while it became clear that the DeLaval AMR™ carousel robot was the best option for Finnmilk.

Overview of products provided:

  • 2 animal halls ,
  • Cow hall 1,  126x36 m, 4 parts for 480 cows
  • Cow hall 2, 117x38m. Milking+ waiting area, special area for high yielding and dry cows (120 places), calving area, treatment area
  • Calf hall for 90 calves
  • Plan silos for silage, 12000 m³
  • Manure bunkers, 7000 m³
  • Buildings for TMR components

For more information:

Kristina Hunter Nilsson
Manager External Communications

+46 72 5099992
kristina.hunter-nilsson@delaval.com

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About DeLaval
DeLaval is a worldwide leader in milking equipment and solutions for dairy farmers, which make sustainable food production possible, warranting milk quality and animal health. Our solutions are used by millions of dairy farmers around the globe every day.

DeLaval was founded more than 130 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. See more at www.delaval.com.