Milking machine gets a redesign from ground up

Fullwood’s robotic milking machine — the Fullwood M²erlin — has been redesigned from the ground up.

The automated milking system features a twin-exit gate configuration, with segregation via a side gate or straight ahead when the feed manger automatically lifts out of the way.

This eliminates the need for additional segregation gates, thus cost-effectively reducing space requirements. Side or straight entry configuration options further add to flexibility and space-saving.

An all-electric milking arm uses less energy for teat cup attachment and has fewer parts. This also makes the M²erlin virtually silent.

There are several operating software upgrades. Information such as individual cow milking data, activity, milk components, overall herd performance, bulk tank capacity, and cleaning parameters are summarised and displayed on a computer screen, smartphone, or tablet.

A new crate design enables cows of all sizes and breeds to be comfortably and safely milked through one standard machine.

The new machine is available in three specifications, from entry-level to advanced.

The M² Extended and M² Expert are available with inlets for up to three feedstuffs, plus a fourth liquid feed. Both are also available with acid cluster flush to prevent disease spread between cows.

The M² Expert’s in-line sensor monitors fat, protein, lactose, and blood levels as the cow is being milked, for early indication of underlying health or feeding issues.


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