The term robotic milking is simply what the name mentions (milking cows with robots). However, stop imagining it as you see it in the stock sci-fi films; robotic milking is done using small automated machines. They are quite similar to the milking machines you already know but with more technology and function.
How Popular Are Robotic Milking Systems?
Milking systems have been around ever since the early 90s. However, due to the growing technology, these systems have undergone a growth period with installations found across the world. In fact, about two per cent of dairy farms across the U.S. have now invested in robotic milking systems. In the Netherlands, the number is over thirty per cent, and it is the base for one of the major producers of robotic milking systems known as Lely. Over the coming years, Lely anticipates growth of between 10% to 15%.