Robotic milking gives Kilkenny farmer ‘relaxed life’

October 6, 2022 10:50 am

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Co. Kilkenny dairy farmer Sean Meehan is currently milking 87 cows on a grass-based, spring-calving system. He plans to extend his herd to around 120 cows in the coming years.

Sean is a re-entrant to dairy farming and is keen to take advice from experts and adopt new technologies now and going forward in the future.

Five years ago, Sean began researching automated milking systems as he wanted to return to dairying. He was also mindful that his sons were showing an interest in farming and he wanted to have a farm to pass on to them in the future.

After extensive research, Sean decided to install a GEA DairyRobot R9500 on his farm.

Discussing why he chose GEA’s system, Sean said: “What impressed me about the GEA DairyRobot R9500 was the speed of attachment, quarter separation and the fact that you were able to attach it manually onto a heifer.”