WESTCOUNTRY FARMER: MIone is gaining popularity

The UK’s first MIone automatic milking system was commissioned on October 18, 2011 at Praunsley Farm, Devon. Three years later the Tucker family are still seeing the benefits and so too are other farmers as the number of installations continues to increase.

The MIone is now on its second generation featuring a new milk rack and ‘Cleaning in Place’ (CIP) unit, the first of which in the UK is up and running.

The company also now offers a free cow traffic system as the MIone system still offers a guided entry and exit which means cows that are due to be milked are given access to the robot area, while those that have recently been milked are sent through the race system into the feeding area.

The unique multibox concept and the fact that one robotic arm on the MIone can service up to five robot boxes each, means future expansion is much more affordable and service and maintenance are reduced.

A major influence on many farmers who have installed an MIone across the UK is the ability to over-ride the robot and add clusters manually. “We always like to manually milk fresh calved cows to make sure there is no mastitis or any other problems,” says Richard. “The ability to over-ride the robot is an excellent feature, and I wouldn’t dream of having a system that couldn’t do it.”

South West Dairy Services have installed a number of MIone systems across Devon and have eight more boxes to install in 2015.

To find out more and to visit these installations contact South West Dairy Services on 01884 839393 or visit the website

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