Summary and Implications
Producer surveys showed very positive results in switching from previous milking systems to AMS systems. An average of 12% more cows are able to be milked with an average of 75% less labor. Production increased 12% while SCC dropped 36%. Feeding and housing efficiencies were gained as well. In sum, Automatic Milking Systems gave a very positive quality of life and milking labor advantage over producer’s previous systems.
Iowa State University
Bentley, Jennifer A.; Tranel, Larry F.; Timms, Leo L.; and Schulte, Kristen
"Automatic Milking Systems (AMS)—Producer Surveys,"
Animal Industry Report:
AS 659, ASL R2788.
Available at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/ans_air/vol659/iss1/39