The largest voluntary milking system VMS dairy in Europe and Asia is now poised to become the biggest in the world. The Rakhimovo Farm located in the Russian Federation's Republic of Tatarstan, has signed an agreement with DeLaval for an additional 16 VMS to grow their existing operations. This investment will result in a total of 32 VMS at Rakhimovo; the farm was ranked among the top dairies for milk quality and animal welfare in the area, according to a report published in 2010.
"After two years in production with the 16 VMS operation that we installed in 2009; we decided that the time was right to make a further investment. The benefits have been clear since the first installation in terms of both production and quality and therefore securing a return on our initial investment" said Farit Rakhimov entrepreneur and owner of the soon to be largest DeLaval VMS installation in the world.
The VMS 2011 offers smarter technologies, added system integration possibilities and further upgradability options. The system helps farm managers to improve their dairy farm productivity and profitability with the innovative milking technology delivered by a DeLaval VMS leading edge technology designed to grow with evolving dairy farm needs. The upgradeability aspect has been a key consideration where the existing 16 VMS will be updated later this year, ensuring that all 32 VMS have the same functionality.
"We are delighted that the co-operation with the Rakhimovo Farm continues to develop with this additional investment" said DeLaval Director for Automatic Milking Systems Jonas Hällman, this is further evidence that we help our customers achieve excellent results regardless of the herd size".
"We have chosen DeLaval to deliver the additional 16 VMS as we believe them to be the leaders in large scale automation technology and their long experience in delivering modern dairy farming solutions. Our continuing partnership is advantageous for both us and DeLaval where we have an excellent exchange of technology expertise and feedback from our operations" continued Farit.
The 2500-head Rakhimovo Farm is an excellent example of integrated automation in practice; DeLaval provides a full spectrum solution from project site design to a cow care program. Two people, only one in the barn, supervise the huge robotic complex.
Watch an interview with the owner of the Rakhimovo Farm, Farit Rakhimov.