Cows milked by robot
Objective One EAGGF (European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee
Fund) has invested £42,956 towards the installation
of a robot milking machine on a small, organic dairy farm
in Lostwithiel, Cornwall. The project will save farmer Terence
Middleton time and money and is also being used as a study
case to see whether other farms can benefit.
The state of the art machinery has been fitted at Bawdoe
farm. The idea is that the 55 pedigree Holstein Friesian cows
can wander into a stall whenever they feel they need milking
and are attached to the milking clusters by computer so Mr
Middleton does not have to be present.
Mr Middleton, the tenant farmer of the 120-acre farm, explained
the aims of the project: "Small dairy farms, so
much part of the Cornish countryside, need to explore new
avenues if they are to survive the current pressures and continue
to be part of the countryside and local agricultural economy.
I have been milking cows for more than 30 years and taking
four to five hours a day to do it. I believe that by investing
in a robot milking machine, with the support of Objective
One, I will be able to increase milk output and gain more
time and energy to run the farm more profitably and as a viable
An important part of the project is to make facts and figures
available to the wider farming community so that the costs
and benefits can be properly assessed. The Dairy Group, which
provides independent consultancy services, has been awarded
the contract to monitor the project focusing on effects on
farm finances, herd performance and welfare, and the social
costs and benefits to the farmer and family.
David Rodda from the Cornwall Agricultural Council Development
Team said: "The team were very pleased to assist
Mr Middleton with his application. This project is an example
of where a farmer is embracing innovative technology in order
to improve efficiency and cut costs. The demonstration aspect
of the project will ensure that lessons learned are shared
throughout the dairy industry thus spreading the benefit of
the investment from Objective One EAGGF."
Visits to view the installation by interested groups or individuals
will be welcomed.
For further information please contact Clare Morgan of the
Objective One Communications team on 01872 223439 or email
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Bawdoe Farm robotic milking
through the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund
Anyone considering a new horticulture, food and land based
industries project is advised to speak with Martin Butler,
at Government Office South West on 01752 635015 before commencing
development as there are now only limited funds available
due to the successful uptake of funding by the agricultural
sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439