Labor Saving from AMS Adoption

Labor Saving from AMS Adoption  by Simon Jette-Nantel, Extension Farm Management Specialist, UW River Fall professor

When considering major changes in production technology such as the adoption of automated milking systems (AMS), identifying and quantifying the main costs and benefits is a crucial part of the planning process. Most dairy producers expect some labor savings from AMS adoption, and for some it might be the main motivation. But exactly how much labor saving can realistically be expected and what are the key factors determining those savings? To help answer these questions, this fact sheet analyses the impacts of AMS technology on labor efficiency as reported by 50 dairy producers from the US.

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