Originally launched in 2018, DeLaval has introduced a new model of the OptiDuo feed pusher robot, claiming that the machine can increase milk production by up to three litres, per cow, per day.
Data from more than 1,500 existing machines have been collated to demonstrate the time and labour savings made by users and there have been reports of multiple improvements in cow health.
“Constantly refreshing feed encourages cows to eat more, which results in a more stable rumen and more milk. OptiDuo will run up to 10 times a day and customers tell us, that on every occasion, they see the cows return to the fence to eat more,” explained Ludo Bols, DeLaval feeding specialist.
The machine remixes forage to make it more palatable and reduce waste, using a twin-spiralled rotating auger and adaptive drive function to enable a variety of forage types to be mixed.
On the new model, there is an option to feed concentrates. A new dispenser inside the OptiDuo can be filled while the machine is charging, enabling the products to be fed out and recorded throughout the day.
It also features an impact-resistant thermoplastic cover, made from Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS), as well as updated software which collects more data.
“On farms that have chosen to invest in milking robots, we have seen milk yields increase by up to three litres of milk per cow per day. For those who have invested, OptiDuo has provided improved cow health, farm profitability, operational efficiency and milk yield,” concluded Mr Bols.