DeLaval pioneered another advancement in animal health and welfare with our innovative OceanBlu™ Pre and Post Dip and OceanBlu™ Barrier. OceanBlu™ increases the effectiveness of germicidal action through our patent-pending GlyTec™ technology, based on glycolic acid, which is a natural milk component. This proprietary non-iodine formulation gives farmers a new tool to help improve udder hygiene and milk quality. OceanBlu™ anti-bacterial agents combine with skin conditioners to provide a reliable and powerful means of mastitis control.
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Until recently, DeLaval Clover™ liners were only available for conventional milking systems, but they are now available for DeLaval VMS™ robots – systems that permit voluntary milking. The unique clover shaped liner barrel gently grips cow teats throughout the milking cycle, helping it stay in the proper milking position and providing excellent massage, offering the cows maximum comfort while being milked.
Their effects on performance have been stunning. In one case study, there were fewer incomplete milkings, producing more milk, and shorter milking times, allowing the farm to milk 290 cows a day as opposed to 270 – which by itself adds up to 720 litres of extra milk a day. DeLaval Clover™ liners have previously been shown to help reduce somatic cell count and reduce cases of subclinical mastitis, and now these benefits are also available to all VMS farms in Europe and other countries that follow the BfR regulation – with other regional versions to follow.
DeLaval Canada has introduced EasyStride™ cleansing solution, the latest innovation in hoof care. The phosphate-free, Organic Acid blend is in line with DeLaval’s commitment to improving animal welfare. A dairy cow requires four healthy hooves to move, drink and feed freely. With EasyStride™, DeLaval contributes to infection prevention regimens, reducing the spread of disease and risk of lameness and their associated costs.
DeLaval continues to bring innovation to bear on improving operational sustainability, as we also focus on bringing the same commitment to sustainability to our customers. DeLaval strives for continuous improvements within our own operations. Environmentally, we aim to reduce energy usage, phase out restricted chemicals, and reduce generated waste in our manufacturing. All factories in Europe and China are now certified for ISO14001 (Environmental Management Systems) and ISO 9001 (Quality Management Systems).
The commitment to operate our business in an ethical manner, in accordance with the Corporate Governance Framework, is closely linked to the sustainability objective of the DeLaval vision. To facilitate this commitment to ethical behaviour, we developed eLearning training to help DeLaval employees understand what corporate governance means and why it is relevant to everybody working at DeLaval. The mandatory training is available in eleven languages, and covers conflicts of interest, non-discrimination, confidentiality and asset protection. The training also explains how to report suspected non-compliance.
Our rotary milking solutions are found in 25 countries, covering farms with 100 - 7,000 cows. Our PR3100HD model, also very popular in the US, milks from 100-650 cows per hour. Because China actively supports large-scale farms and self-sufficiency in dairy products, they were our biggest rotary market globally in 2015, repeating the success from 2014. DL offer a complete local support that can leverage on our international competence from Europe and US.
New results from test farms in four European countries show that DeLaval’s new software for calibrating milk meters in conventional milking systems provides significant time savings over traditional methods. In fact, more than 90% in some cases. The new method combines data from DeLaval herd management software with receipt information from bulk tank volumes. The older system of collecting 15-25 kg of milk in a bucket for testing is slower, much more laborious, and less accurate. Results came from eight farms in four countries: Sweden, the Netherlands, France and Germany. These ranged in size from an 80-cow operation to a herd of 1100. The number of milking meters on the farms varied from 16 to 60. The big news was savings in labour costs. A Swedish double-12 parlour farm reported that labour costs over a five-year period, including initial calibration, installation test and routine checks, could be reduced by more than 90%. In Germany, a rotary farm claimed labour savings for initial calibration and installation tests of four man-days, while Dutch and French farms in the survey reported saving between four and eight bucket milkings per milk meter. With many thousands of milk meters in operation, the calibration problem can be huge. But with the DeLaval solution, the service technician knows from the herd management software which milk meter needs to be recalibrated, and that’s it. Another plus: milking routines don’t get interrupted, so farms can run at full capacity without disturbing the cows.
DeLaval has unveiled the DeLaval cell counter ICC, an optical somatic cell counting device designed to help save time and testing costs. Used in conjunction with an iPod touch, DeLaval ICC works with an app that stores and tracks individual cow results, and records the specific quarter of the udder being tested. Instead of taking days, results are available within 45 seconds, analysed by date, test results and cow tag number. This is a first-of-its-kind tool that allows farmers to make fast decisions about herd management, as well as save time and money. “DeLaval ICC provides rapid and accurate results in a portable and easy-to-use system”, states Nik Sutter, Solution Manager for Conventional Milking Systems and Herd Management: “With immediate testing, DeLaval ICC contributes to a lower somatic cell count on the farm. The results are higher yields, better quality of milk and potentially a higher income for the dairy producer. ”Powered by a 9-volt battery, DeLaval ICC is extremely portable. It illuminates milk samples with a specific frequency of LED light, causing somatic cells to fluoresce – and the image is captured with specialised optics. It’s also a great add-on to our DeLaval online cell counter OCC for DeLaval VMS™, which won the technological innovations prize at the GrandAgro Fair in Spain.
Calf care is integral to our focus on animal welfare, and feed is a major factor – as well as a major cost component. Our Feedtech™ line includes dozens of stabilisers, supplements and treatments that improve feed quality and animal health. New to this line is Carbogel, a complementary feed based on natural oak charcoal that is treated with a unique thermostructuring process. This provides a particular pore structure that binds enterotoxins and mycotoxins, but not nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Feedtech™ Carbogel ensures a quick recovery for calves with diarrhoea by limiting water loss (the manure is rapidly firmer) and binding harmful toxins. Applying Carbogel helps limit the growth dip that always accompanies diarrhoea, setting the calves on their way towards a productive future. “When a calf is infected, the toxins damage the gut lining causing malabsorption of water and nutrients,” says Annelies De Spiegeleer, a veterinarian and product specialist in nutrition with DeLaval in Belgium. “As a consequence the calf gets dehydrated, weakens and will die if not treated promptly. It is very important to act quickly when a calf has diarrhoea.” Experience from the field is that even if the product is black and doesn’t appear appetising, It has won farmers over because it is effective and easy to use. Just two doses a day for 2-3 days helps calves recover.
DeLaval has continued to establish DeLaval AMR™ (automatic milking rotary) installations for large dairy herds. They are now present in Germany, Sweden, Finland and Australia – and other markets are waiting to be conquered. The state-of-the-art machine was designed to help farmers transition from milking management to whole farm management. Farmers appreciate the flexibility and scalability of the system, adding components as their operations expand. Depending on management strategies, the DeLaval AMR™ milks between 500 and 700 cows a day. But over and above that, up to five robotic arms perform additional tasks: teat preparation, milk cup attachment, and teat spraying. Both commercial and large family farms have benefited from greater productivity and integrated farm management. DeLaval AMR™ is managed with DeLaval DelPro™ Farm Manager. Farmers centrally monitor and control operations at all stages, using DeLaval DelPro™ data analyses in their decision-making and farm management strategies. AMR™ and DelPro™ together bring efficiencies to feeding, reproduction, milking, and herd health. DeLaval expects AMR™ farms to steadily increase as the industry experiences consistent improvements in productivity, profitability, and overall farming quality of life, as a direct result of robotisation.