Freezing temperatures: high alert for milking robot users!
When the temperature drops to around freezing point or below, it is time to put your milking robot on high alert! There are a number of problems lurking in the freezing cold that require attention.
It is obviously important to keep frost out of the area around the robot to prevent certain parts of the robot from freezing. Check the drain hose of the compressor to make sure it can still drain moisture, as condensation can freeze. We also recommend turning off the external cleaning of the robot arm/laser/cameras at night, or to add anti-freeze.
To ensure the robot keeps functioning properly, you can place a short-wave infrared heating nearby. Place the heating towards the jetters and the weighing floor, as these are also sensitive to freezing. Switching off the floor cleaning may also make a difference.
In addition, it is important to maintain the cows’ activity level with the robot. If the water is too cold and the cows drink less, then their feed intake often decreases as well, which will affect milk production.
Pay special attention to the feed intake, for example by dispensing feed more often and, if necessary, heat the drinking water so that it is absorbed better and there is less chance of the water pipes freezing. It is also important to be alert when feeding the cows products that are sensitive to freezing, such as potato pulp. If these really do become frozen, do not feed them because they can cause rumen problems. However, make sure to adjust the ration if there is something that you cannot feed the cows.
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