Got milked? Robot puts cow in control of milking

Posted Nov 2, 2006 by szemi

DeLaval of Tumba, Sweden has created an automated system for milking cows that requires no human aid and can decrease farmers' labor costs by tens of thousands of dollars per year.
"A spotted black cow shuffles toward the stainless steel crate in the center of a dairy barn and eases into it through an open gate. As the door swings shut, a robotic arm moves into action, attaching to the cow's teats a suction cup that pulses to stimulate milk flow. Seven to eight minutes later, a front gate opens and the now-empty cow ambles out."