Today at World Ag Expo, the world's largest annual agricultural exposition, DeLaval exhibited for the first time in the U.S. a new automated solution designed to work with external milking rotaries. DeLaval teat spray robot TSR™ is an automatic pre- or post-spray solution offering consistent application, optimal use of teat dip and less labor.

DeLaval logo The unique technology is designed to facilitate high capacity milking in rotary parlors while helping to maintain farm profitability. According to Robert Jensen, Business Development Manager at DeLaval International, TSR is a natural spin-off solution from the company's revolutionary automatic milking rotary AMR™.

"Farmers spend several hours a day manually spraying teats – some up to 20 hours or more per day. TSR replaces the manual labor needed to perform this task, at a time when farmers have difficulty hiring employees," said Jensen.

DeLaval TSR photo
According to DeLaval, another advantage of TSR includes its consistent operation which can help keep cows calm. Jensen added, "We know from our experience with DeLaval VMS (voluntary milking system) and AMR that cows like a predictable barn environment. Farmers can also create a good environment for their cows by using TSR."

Teat dip consumption and coverage are consistently managed with TSR, which positively contributes to farm profitability. Consumption per cow depends on the product, its viscosity, and chosen spray pattern, but the system's accuracy and uniformity will help keep conditions optimal for good udder health.

TSR in North America

DeLaval teat spray robot TSR was designed with American dairy farms in mind as the country is home to a number of external milking rotaries. Mark Futcher, Marketing Manager of Automatic Milking Systems for DeLaval Inc., commented:

"Increasingly, more dairy producers are looking to automation for gains in efficiency. Today, TSR can perform at up to 400 cows per hour. This reliability can reduce a dairy's costs while achieving something good for the herd; cows thrive on consistency. We believe automation for large dairies will be a major consideration going forward."

DeLaval plans to install TSR on American reference farms in 2013. A commercial launch of the robot is planned for 2014 in the US.

For more information, please contact: Mark Futcher Marketing Manager, Automatic Milking Systems DeLaval Inc.

DeLaval at World Ag Expo 2013
DeLaval will display its solutions and expertise with more than 7,000 sq ft of exhibit space at World Ag Expo. Its booth in the Farm Dairy Credit Center (#6725-30) will focus on consumable solutions like liners, tubes, teat dips and silage inoculants. In two adjacent outdoor buildings (DS93-96) the company will showcase the latest in milking and herd management technology, like its VMS™ (Voluntary Milking System), parlor and rotary automation, and an automated sort gate, calf feeder and heat detection system. DeLaval will also have a booth at the Hilvers Career and Education Center (#8004) to discuss professional opportunities within the organization.

To schedule a one-on-one interview with a DeLaval expert during World Ag Expo, please contact public relations representative Elizabeth Gibson / 847-393-6766.

About DeLaval
DeLaval is a leading supplier of solutions that improve the performance of farms for professional food producers. We support our customers in reducing their environmental footprint while improving food production, profitability and the well-being of the people and animals involved. We offer products, systems and services for all steps of milk production. Our solutions are used by millions of dairy farmers around the globe every day.

DeLaval was founded more than 125 years ago in Sweden, when the visionary Gustaf de Laval patented the cream separator. Today, DeLaval has 4,500 employees and operates in more than 100 markets. DeLaval, alongside Tetra Pak and Sidel, is part of the Tetra Laval Group.