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Project title: Purchasing and installing of milking robots
MEASURE: 1.4.2
Measure name: Investments in livestock buildings
Theme: agriculture
Keywords: innovation, milk production
Start year: 2008
Name of the beneficiary: Ltd Aravete Agro
Homepage: http://www.araveteagro.ee
Sum of support: 6 208 223 EEK (396 778 EUR)
Backround of the project: LCC Aravete Agro has a dairy cattle of 1800 animal, with annual output of 8200kg, annual milk output per cow is up to 10 000 kg in robotic barn. Every day output is about 35 tonns of milk. Addition to dairy cattle the company owns 2000 heifers.

Addition to dairy cattle, they also cultivate agricultural land and grow cereal. Cultivation of agricultural land 4500 ha, which contains property 2000 ha. Output of cereal is 4-5 t/ha.

The aim of company is modernizing of the production:
- completing new robotic barn, which contains 580 cows;
- usage of selected sperm, as a result of this, 90% of calves are cow-calves;
- it is grade cattle, which pregnant young heifers are sold to foreign countries - to Germany, Spain, Romania, Malta and Turkey.

Company employs 100 people.
Objectives of the project: The aim of this project is to modernisation of production and raising the quality of raw milk.
Main activities: Installing the local technological device of cattle husbandry building - farming devices: milking robots Astronaut A3; milk-cooling TANK "LELY NAUTILUS"; buffer-tank
Output and results indicators: They completed the barn with the most modern technology in East-Europe. Dairy production increased over 1000 kg per cow in one year. Free-keeping barn creates good living conditions for cattle - every cow gets fodder according to his lactation and dairy production, computer regulates inner temperature according to outer temperature, barn ventilators are noise-free, also the lighting system is regulated by computer. Cow will go to the milking-robot, when he is ready, averagely 2,5 times per day. Milking-robot has its own lab, which assesses animal weight, body temperature and does the milk analysis. There is only one employee per barn, who can observe and check everything from the computer-screen.
Experiences/lessons learned: Leonid Linkov, chairman of board of Aravete Agro thinks that milking robots is a next natural step in milk production.
Additional information about the project: Article in newspaper "Järva Teataja", 13.11.2008 "Austronauts are milking the cows in Aravete" - http://www.jt.ee/141108/esileht/20010490.php
Contact person : Leoid Linkov, board manager
County: Järva county
Project inserted into database: 2010-08-27

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