S. Korea plans to improve dairy farming with high-tech milking device
Updated: 2021-09-05 12:11:00 KST
South Korea has recently introduced a newly-developed milking device at some of its dairy farms.
Equipped with several robotic arms, the device extends its milking tubes, precisely finding the cows' teats.
Through the tubes, the device extracts and collects milk into a single container.
Farmers say the device has drastically reduced the time spent on milking.
"I spend less than half the time milking than I used toit now takes around three hours. I now have more spare time for myself and with my family. I like it very much."
The milking device features a special sensor and a 3D camera.
It also automatically cleans and sterilizes the tubes afterwards.
Developers say the special sensor was made with homegrown technology, which monitors the cows' health.
Most of all, the device costs sixty percent less than the foreign-brand milking machines that most of the farms in South Korea are currently using.
Maintenance costs are cheaper and it also helps the nation's farming industry as a whole.
"It's important that the machine makes milking easier. But it also plays a critical role in securing data sovereignty as it protects our cows' biological data from being leaked abroad."
With nearly 98% of local dairy farms still relying on manual milking, industry experts predict that the device will help improve farm working conditions in the future.
Cho Sung-min, Arirang News.