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Dairy Robotonomics seminar is coming to New York Farm Show

Dairy producers will have the chance to visit robotic milking demonstrations by all four manufacturers and to learn more about the financial side in labor reductions and dairy herd management tools in the Dairy Robotonomics seminars at New York Farm Show Feb. 20-22 in Syracuse.
File photo by Sherry Bunting

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Robotic milking technology is the biggest game-changer in the U.S. dairy industry. That's why Farm Credit East, the New York Farm Show and American Agriculturist magazine are sponsoring the fourth Dairy Robotonomics seminar – all three days – Feb. 20, 21, and 22 – of the New York Farm Show in Syracuse.

This show – the biggest, best ever – kicks off at 9:30 each morning in the upstairs Bistro Room of the Arts and Home Center at the N.Y. State Fairgrounds.

All four manufacturers marketing robotic systems in the United States will be on the program. They'll also have their robots on display at the show. A GEA expert will reveal details about its new MIone multi-box milking system.

Milking equipment experts from AMS-Galaxy-USA, DeLaval and Lely will also talk about the latest upgrades to their respective Insentec Galaxy Astrea 20.20, VMS (Voluntary Milking System) and Astronaut A4 robots. Boumatic officials say they'll have information on the MRS1 robotic system available at their exhibit. They hope their robots will land in North America by this fall.

A "wild card" is coming – robotic rotary parlors. The company expects to have one somewhere in North America early this year. In November, GEA introduced a prototype in Hannover, Germany.

Assess economic impact

Each morning's session wraps up with an analysis by John Lehr, Farm Credit East vice president and farm business consultant. He'll share some financial tools to illustrate how robots impact dairy operation equity position and cash flow.

Producers are encouraged to bring a note book for writing down lots of questions. Then take those questions to Lehr or to the equipment exhibits.

For more information about the show, visit www.newyorkfarmshow.com/