Agricultural company Labūnavos ŽŪB launches the first „BouMatic Robotics“ milking robots in the Baltic States
A subsidiary of AB Linas Agro Group, agricultural company Kėdainiai District Labūnavos ŽŪB has completed renewal work at a cow milking farm and installed two BouMatic Robotics milking robots. The five-month-long project valued at 345 thousand euro will be completed during the lockdown. Obtained through purchase lease, modern robots can milk 100-120 cows.
“We have a major dairy farm renewal in mind, however, given the current milk wholesale purchase prices, this is an impossible mission. As such, we made a compromise decision to renew the farm in a way so that we would spend relatively little funds. The large part of the construction work has been done by the company itself, while UAB Dotnuva Baltic – another company of our Group installed the robots,” says Andrius Pranckevičius, Deputy Managing Director at AB Linas Agro Group.
The agricultural company Labūnavos ŽŪB owns a total of 580 cows and plans reconstruction works at another three farms, with another six robots due to be installed.
“Our project is unique – these are the first robots from the Dutch company BouMatic not only in our company but all of the Baltic States. We have dreamed of the convenient and modern robots for a long time now. They will help not only improve the efficiency of milk production and help resolve the problem of lacking qualified labour but will also improve the conditions the cows are kept in. These robots not only milk, they also perform analysis and various statistical calculations, monitor the cows’ welfare,” Simonas Greičius, head of the agricultural company Labūnavos ŽŪB, says.
In the renewed farm, which holds the newly installed robots, there will be more space allocated for each cow, they will not be tied down and can comfortably lie on a thick layer of litter or freely move around a spacious cowshed, where very convenient and wide drinking and fodder areas are also established. When a cow approaches the milking robot placed at the end of the cowshed, it evaluates whether it is time to milk and sets an individual milking mode.
One robot can service around 50-60 cows, who are milked around 2.5-2.8 times a day, while a single staff member can supervise even several pieces of such equipment.
According to S. Greičius, the farm with the newly installed milking robots will hold 100-120 cows. “We are increasing the number of cows in this farm gradually so that they can get used to it and wouldn’t experience stress. We hope that by the end of the week, the robots will be servicing 100 cows. In the first days, some of the cows need reminding that it is time to approach the milking area, but after a time, they get accustomed to the new equipment and human assistance is no longer needed,” the head of the agricultural company Labūnavos ŽŪB says.
About agricultural company Kėdainiai Disctrict Labūnavos ŽŪB
The subsidiary of AB Linas Agro Group, Kėdainiai District Labūnavos ŽŪB produces crops and milk. Over a year, it grows around 12 thousand tons of grain and milks 5.7 thousand tons of milk, also selling around 400 tonnes of live weight meat.
The company’s annual revenue exceeds 5 million euro; it employs 85 people.