The global milking automation market size is estimated to be USD 1.0 Billion in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 1.5 Billion by 2027, at a CAGR of 7.4% during the forecast period. Milking automation involves the use of various hardware components, such as milk meters, milk analyzers, milking clusters, pulsators, automation and control systems, sensing and monitoring systems, cleaning and detection systems, sensors, and camera systems, among others. These systems are highly profitable in farms with large herd sizes as they can be instrumental in improving milk yield and reducing labor costs. However, they are not suited for farms with smaller herds due to their high installation costs.
The milking automation market is consolidated with the presence of a substantial number of global and regional market players. In 2021, DeLaval (Sweden), Afimilk Ltd. (Israel), GEA Group (Germany), Nedap N.V. (Netherlands), Waikato Milking Systems (New Zealand), and Allflex Livestock Intelligence (US) were the major players in the milking automation market. These companies operate worldwide and are involved in developing milking automation solutions for dairy farms, food and safety labs, and dairy research labs. They rely on their R&D capabilities and carry out significant product launches, increasing their market share.
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DeLaval is a leading provider of dairy farm technologies globally. The company has a diverse range of innovative products and solutions for automatic milking, which include milk meters, pulsators, milking machines, milk analyzers, VMS voluntary milking system, the state-of-the-art AMR automatic rotary milking solution, and Flow-Responsive Milking technology, among others. The company also offers an all-inclusive service portfolio that includes preventive maintenance, and advisory and emergency services to improve milk yield. With the advent of new technology and data, dairy farms can run more sustainably through automation and digitalization. Using technology and sensors from DeLaval, milk producers can measure different parameters that provide insight into the well-being of animals and the quality of milk. It lays the foundation for good animal health, high milk production, optimized feeding, and healthy reproduction in cows. As a result of increased automation and digitalization, dairy farmers can produce more milk with fewer resources. For DeLaval, this will lead to new business opportunities. Along with a diverse range of innovative products and solutions, DeLaval has a strong geographic footprint in the EMEA, Asia Pacific, and the Americas markets that contribute significantly to its revenue.
GEA Group boasts a comprehensive product portfolio of milking robots and automatic milking systems that include milk meters, pulsators, DairyRobot R9500 milking robots, and DairyProQ automated milking rotaries, among others. These products assist farmers in improving the milk yield and ensuring animal welfare by maintaining high hygiene standards. Along with a comprehensive portfolio of products, GEA Group has a strong geographic footprint with operations and sales in DACH & Eastern Europe, Western Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North and Central Europe, North America, Latin America, and Asia Pacific. The company also invests extensively in research and development activities to develop advanced products. GEA Group mainly focuses on organic growth strategies such as product launches and developments to strengthen its position in the milking automation market. The company fosters product advancement and innovation by spending significantly on R&D activities. In January 2019, GEA Group launched DairyRobot R9500, which helps farmers analyze milk flow for individual animals and enables early detection of complications such as mastitis.
Afimilk Ltd. has set a benchmark globally by installing many milk meters and behavior sensors across various dairy farms. It is a market leader in software management and sensor technology. AfiFarm, the company’s fully integrated dairy farm management software, provides farmers with real-time information pertaining to the herd’s health and fertility, milk quality, productivity, etc. The company’s systems have been installed on thousands of farms in more than 50 countries globally. Afimilk Ltd. is a global leader in providing computerized solutions for modern dairy farming and effective herd management. The company manufactures and supplies a diverse range of parlor automation and milk management products. To maintain its competitive position in the market, the company is focused on commercializing its dairy herd management products by signing partnership and collaboration agreements with various companies. For instance, Afimilk Ltd. has partnered with Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) (New Zealand) to market its next-generation automatic heat detection system, ActiCollar. This has enabled Afimilk to strengthen its position in the market.
Moreover, the company has opened sales offices to expand its global presence and customer base. For instance, Afimilk opened a representative office in Krasnodar city, Russia, in March 2019. The company is also keen on expanding its reach in potential markets of the US, Europe, and Pacific countries, including New Zealand.
Nedap N.V. is a global leader in farming automation with individual animal identification. The company offers automation solutions for dairy and pig farming. It primarily offers solutions for sorting, feeding, livestock identification, milking management, and health monitoring. The solutions offered for dairy farming include heat detection, health monitoring, cattle tracking, electronic identification, milk yield recording, sorting, and routing. The company offers free flow and wireless milk meters to safeguard the highest attainable udder health, cow comfort, milk quality, and milking speed.
Similarly, the company offers electronic sow feeding, weight monitoring, sow separation, heat detection, and barn remodeling services for pig farming. Nedap N.V. boasts a strong presence in the European market with a diverse range of products. Nedap N.V. has strengthened its market position with animal identification systems and cow monitoring solutions. The company uses inorganic growth strategies such as partnerships and collaborations to foster product innovation and expand into new markets. For instance, in June 2021, Nedap N.V. partnered with Cogent Breeding, a leading breeding technology and cattle genetics company, to launch PrecisionCOW, a solution that monitors the health, fertility, and location of each cow throughout the day. Nedap N.V. has offered dairy farmers the most versatile and reliable individual cow management systems in various countries.
Allflex Livestock Intelligence designs, develops, manufactures, and delivers animal identification, monitoring, and traceability solutions. Farmers and several dairy farm organizations use these solutions to manage their herds efficiently and effectively. The company’s solutions deliver farm livestock intelligence and actionable management information to farmers, enabling them to make on-time corrective decisions and safeguard animals’ health and well-being with optimum production. Allflex offers livestock identification and monitoring solutions, smart data solutions, and milking automation technologies. The company offers advanced monitoring solutions for timely reproduction and achieving insights related to animal health and nutrition. The reproduction monitoring solutions offered by the company enable beef and dairy farmers to optimize conception rates. They also assist in monitoring the behavior of cows and provide accurate information related to heat detection.
Milking Automation Market by Offering (Milk Meters, Pulsators, Milk Point Controllers, Milk Clusters, Smart Cameras, Software, Services), Farm Size (Small, Medium, Large), Species (Dairy Cattle, Goat, Sheep), Region - Global Forecast to 2027
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