The new automatic hygiene box is designed for optimal calf hygiene and animal welfare – to give calves the best possible start in life, while reducing manual labour. It allows for a more natural drinking position for the calves and provides a programmable comprehensive clean up to four times per day. The hygiene box from DeLaval is an add-on for the DeLaval calf feeder CF500S and DeLaval calf feeder CF1000S. “The hygiene box is a smart and easy to use tool for farmers, helping them to focus on hygiene measures and keeping calves healthy,” says Ludo Bols, Feeding Systems Solution Manager EMEA.
We have implemented a more sustainable corrugated board packaging solution at our European distribution centre in Gallin, Germany. The solution reduced our CO2 footprint by 17 tonnes during 2020 and will decrease emissions throughout our supply chain. When fully implemented, the corrugated board packaging solution will save over 32 tonnes of material per year, equivalent to over 25 tonnes CO2 or 133 one-way flights from Stockholm to Hamburg. Going forward, the same solution will be trialled and potentially implemented at our factories in Wroclaw, Poland and Tumba, Sweden.
Hamra Farm, DeLaval’s own innovation, testing, and exhibition centre, will be upgraded and expanded with the number of dairy cows more than doubling to 550 by 2022. The state-of-the-art upgrade will have a high focus on animal welfare and will demonstrate some of DeLaval’s most innovative solutions, such as four DeLaval VMS™ V300 robotic milking systems. “This gives us more opportunities to test and develop new solutions,” says Magnus Berg, Executive Vice President Product Management & Development. The project is expected to begin in the spring 2021 and should be completed in the second half of 2022.
We normally organise customer farm visits to showcase our products and solutions. As this was not possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, we hosted several virtual farm tours and digital conferences from around the globe during the year. For example, dairy farmers were able to visit the farms of DeLaval customers via YouTube. We also used a virtual reality system that allows customers and employees to view our products without visiting a farm or a trade show. Digital conferences included one for French farmers on cow longevity and reducing heat stress without decreasing milk production.
One of Japan’s largest dairy farms goes automatic The Biggreen Masuhoro dairy near Wakkanai city in northern Japan, only began operations in May 2020 but is already one of the largest automated dairy farms in Asia. The farm currently has eight DeLaval VMS™ V300 to milk its herd of 360 dairy cows. The V300 systems significantly minimise the labour required for milking, which ensures employees can focus on reproduction management and expanding the farm. With its 710 heifers, the production is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. The automated solutions are part of their plan to contribute to sustainable dairy production and revitalise the area.
During 2020, new products with specific sustainability benefits included:
• The DeLaval Herd Navigator 100 is an integral part of the DeLaval VMS™ V310, the first milking system that automatically confirms heat and pregnancy during the milking process.
• DeLaval VMS™ V300 – our flagship milking robot was enhanced with an improved teat-spray function.