Organic dairy in Oregon receives the state’s first DeLaval robot
Mayfield Farm, in Aurora, Oregon, continues to make strides in sustainable food production. The 450-head dairy is robotically milking 50 of its cows with one DeLaval Voluntary Milking System (VMS™). This is the state’s first farm to install a VMS unit, and the organic dairy producer is considering expanding the solution to accommodate the rest of its herd.
“Overall, we’ve been impressed with the milk quality, udder health and production from our cows being milked robotically with VMS,” says Chris Eggert, Director of Mayfield Farm and three other organic dairies in the region.
“The VMS is in line with the low-stress environment we’ve created at the dairies. The cows essentially milk when they want and we like what this does for their overall well-being. Being able to redistribute our labor to other jobs on the dairy, such as caring for the cows and herd management, is also a large benefit.”
The milk from Mayfield Farm is used in a popular line of creamy and condensed soups for the Pacific Natural Foods brand, owned by the Eggert family.
U.S. Pacific Northwest primed for DeLaval robots
DeLaval VMS has been approved by regulatory authorities in Oregon as a system safe for milking. The move opens the door for the state’s producers interested in productive and sustainable automated milking. VMS is also kind to cows by gently cleaning and stimulating each teat for optimum milk let down.
Every day millions of dairy animals are milked, fed and maintained by DeLaval solutions in more than 100 countries worldwide – and DeLaval meets with over 10,000 milk producers on their farms. DeLaval has over 125 years of innovation and experience in the dairy business, supporting dairy farmers in managing their farms their way. Our Sustainable Dairy Farming initiative is contributing to the production of more quality food, for more people, with less impact on the environment. Our Smart Farming strategy aims at influencing and shaping the future of dairy farming today. The goal is to accelerate the transition from milking management to global farm profitability management by harnessing emerging decision tools and automation technologies for better quality milk and profits. DeLaval is a company of the Tetra Laval Group.
For more information on solutions in North America, please contact Elizabeth Gibson, Integrated Marketing Specialist, at DeLaval Inc. / +1 847 393 6766.