Mark Futcher, DeLaval’s Marketing Manager, Automatic Milking, says more and more progressive dairy families are looking to automation. He adds:
“In an effort to make this technology shift as seamless as possible for our customers, we’ve invested in a new VMS training center in Waunakee, Wis., and two mobile VMS stations with working milk transport pipelines; buffer-controlled cooling vats; and all valve connections to milk storage tanks. The mobile units can be taken to a state inspector’s office where officials can learn about the technology and discuss concerns before a VMS unit is installed in their state.
“Not only has this process paved the way for pre-approvals, but our collaboration with state inspectors has improved VMS quality and assured its early compliance to food safety regulations – saving the customer time and frustration.”
Furthermore, the advancement of automation in the dairy industry has brought with it new technologies in valve design for milk safety. DeLaval has successfully certified its unique valve design for VMS according to 3-A sanitary standards – a notable food safety and public health qualification for equipment fabricators.
About DeLaval VMS
DeLaval VMS allows for round-the-clock milking designed to optimize high quality milk yield. VMS helps farm managers run more sustainable, professional and productive dairy operations. The VMS 2011offers smarter technologies, added system integration possibilities and further upgradability options.
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, please contact Gunilla Hjalmarson, PR Manager at DeLaval International / +46 8 530 662 26. For more information on solutions in North America, please contact Elizabeth Gibson, Integrated Marketing Specialist, at DeLaval Inc. / +1 847 393 6766.