Dairy producers could cut milk production costs by 2ppl from a reduction in labour alone if they switched to robotic milking, but such a move would only be possible for UK businesses if the milk price increased, according to Dutch automatic milking machine manufacturer Lely.
“In order for UK dairy producers to consider investing in such a system, the current milk price being paid to them by processors and retailers would have to increase,” said Lely’s Jan Dirk van Mourik.
“At the current milk price, many are struggling to break even and there is certainly no room for investment.
“The irony is that skilled farm labour is in short supply and robotic milking could be the solution to the labour crisis for many businesses. But the extra cash to invest simply isn’t there.”