H View for CONCACAF U-13 Champions League

first_imgHarbour View FC will represent Jamaica in the inaugural Scotiabank CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League. The youth showpiece will be held at the Cruz Azul Acoxpa Stadium in Mexico, August 4-8.In announcing Harbour View’s selection at Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Football Academy, at the University of the West Indies Mona yesterday, the JFF’s director of football, Vin Blaine, commended Scotiabank for this initiative to help develop football in Jamaica.”Travelling to Mexico is special as they are the top CONCACAF team,” Blaine who is also a Harbour View FC technical director said.While the squad will play under the Harbour View banner players have been drawn from other KSAFA-based clubs. The 16-member squad will be coached by Noel McClaren with Sydney McFarlane as his assistant. The team captain is Rojaughn Joseph.As title sponsors of the Gold Cup, the Champions League and the Caribbean Nations Cup, Scotiabank has now turned its attention to youth development.”One of Scotiabank’s core mandates is to support the development of youth through sport,” regional marketing director at Scotiabank, Heather Goldson, said. “The Scotiabank CONCACAF kid’s Champions League allows us to remain true to our drive to encourage youth development,” she added.Meanwhile, Kingston and St Andrew Football (KSAFA) president, Ambassador Stewart Stevenson said: “I know Harbour View. They always give of their best and I expect excellent performances,” he stressed.The eight clubs in the championship are CD Chatelango of El Salvador; Herediano (Costa Rica); Chepo FC (Panama); Harbour View FC (Jamaica); Montreal Impact (Canada); DC United (United States); Toluca FC (Mexico); Aguilas UAS (Mexico).last_img read more

Guyana/Venezuela border controversy case discussed during bilateral talks

first_imgCommonwealth Heads of Govt 2018The Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland, QC and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson were updated on the status of the Guyana/Venezuela border case which is presently before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) by Head of State David Granger during bilateral discussions.President David Granger engaged in bilateral talks with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, LondonThe President along with his delegation comprising Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge; Director General of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Ambassador Audrey Waddell; and Guyana’s High Commissioner to the UK, Frederick Hamley Case met with the officials on the sidelines of the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) being hosted in London, United Kingdom.Providing an update following the meetings, which were held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Minister Greenidge said Guyana expressed gratitude to the Commonwealth for articulating their position in support of the country as it relates to the border controversy on the international scene.“What is unfolding now, what the ICJ is likely to go in terms of the future steps,” he added.The work of the Commonwealth and new areas of focus, particularly the development of toolkits to assist in the implementation of key policies in member states, which is an initiative of Secretary General Scotland also constituted the talks, Minister Greenidge revealed.Guyana’s Iwokrama Rainforest and environment protection initiatives were also explored.The bilateral engagement was described as fruitful as the President and Foreign Secretary Johnson committed to strengthening the cooperation between Guyana and the UK on all fronts.The Head of State discussed issues of common interest with the British Foreign Secretary and according to Minister Greenidge, “issues ranging from BREXIT to the challenges the UK faces to environmental issues and so forth, cooperation that is ongoing in terms of the security initiative and other areas,” were addressed.The Foreign Affairs Minister noted that these meetings precede previous engagements, including one held by UK Prime Minister Theresa May with Caribbean countries in relation to bilateral cooperation.As part of the CHOGM events, President Granger is expected to meet with Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi, attend the Commonwealth’s Malaria Summit and welcome dinner, which is to be hosted by Prime Minister May, tomorrow.Leaders at this year’s CHOGM are expected to consider a Commonwealth Blue Charter on ocean governance, a Commonwealth connectivity agenda for trade and investment, a declaration on cybercrime and Revised Commonwealth guidelines on election observation in member countries.last_img read more

Boost for Chelsea and Man City? Messi admits Barcelona future is far from certain

first_img1 Lionel Messi has dropped the biggest hint yet that he may leave Barcelona.The Argentine star has been linked with a move to Chelsea and Manchester City in recent weeks, after reportedly falling out with current Nou Camp chief Luis Enrique.Messi, 27, rubbished those rumours on Sunday, calling any talk of a move ‘lies’, and insisted he did not want to leave the La Liga giants.But, speaking at the FIFA Ballon d’Or gala, the former Newell’s Old Boys striker claimed he was unsure where is future lay.“I’m not sure what’s going to happen, whether I’ll go back to Newell’s,” he said in response to a question about whether he might return to Argentina at some point in his career.“I’m not sure where I will be next year. In the football world so many things can change overnight.“I’ve always said I will end my career at Barcelona, but as Cristiano [Ronaldo] says only God knows the future.” Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona last_img read more

O’Connor labeled pitch-perfect choice for TofR return to politics

first_imgPASADENA — For the first time in the 117-year history of Rose Parade grand marshal announcements, both the grand marshal and the Tournament of Roses president wore pearls. Both dressed conservatively: President Elizabeth “Libby” Evans Wright in a scarlet blazer and matching lipstick; Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in a royal blue St. John-style knit and sensible, wedge-heeled shoes. Devoid of the marketing synergies of last year’s choice –Mickey Mouse — the selection of O’Connor was pitch-perfect: It reaffirmed the Tournament’s politics and traditions while tweaking its patriarchal legacy. It was both self-confident and self-critical. It made a statement without making a fuss. “I really do think it is an inspired choice,” said former Pasadena Mayor Rick Cole, once one of the Tournament’s fiercest critics. “It’s edgy without being edgy.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Tournament instinctively recoils from politics, and for good reason. Its last brush with controversy, in 1992, was so catastrophic that Tournament members openly mulled removing the parade from Pasadena forever. In the years since, Tournament presidents have avoided politics altogether, picking such marshals as Carol Burnett and Kermit the Frog. It was not always thus. The first grand marshal from outside the city’s borders, in 1930, was a politician: James Rolph, a Republican mayor of San Francisco whose nickname was Sunny Jim. (As governor, darker shades emerged. After praising a lynch mob, he became known as “Governor Lynch.”) In succeeding years, political dignitaries were as much a part of the grand marshal rotation as athletes and Hollywood stars. The politics of the marshals reflected the character of the city, which was, until recently, solidly Republican. Five Democrats have ridden down Colorado Boulevard (one switched parties three years later), but the high-wattage political figures have all been Republicans: Herbert Hoover, Earl Warren (twice), Richard Nixon (twice), Dwight Eisenhower, Everett Dirksen and Gerald Ford. O’Connor shares much with those old-school eminences. Before she was a justice, she was a Republican state senator from Arizona. But on the court, she has been a disappointment to the right, embracing moderation and reaffirming Roe v. Wade. When she announced her retirement this year, the loudest voices praising her belonged to Democrats. “Sandra Day fits into the long line of moderate, country-club Republicans who have been grand marshals of the Rose Parade,” said Peter Dreier, a political science professor at Occidental College. As with the two most recent political figures to be named grand marshal, Sen. John Glenn and then-Rep. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, O’Connor was not picked primarily for her politics, which have always been overshadowed by her gender. In picking the first female Supreme Court justice to lead the parade, Wright, the first female Tournament president, was telling women there are still “opportunities to be first.” Indeed, if only the most hidebound institutions have yet to admit women — other than the presidency and Augusta National, can you think of one? –then it remains an act of something like contrition for Wright to be making this point. After all, it was not until 1992 –1992! — that the Tournament made its first serious stab at diversity. The organization still awaits its first non-white president. “They tend to lag,” said Cole, who was at the center of the controversy in 1992. “But they get there eventually.” Any institution that hews to the Mos Maiorum as closely as the Tournament is bound to be out of step with the times. In 1945, with victory imminent in Europe, the parade was led by Hoover, blamed by many as the architect of the Great Depression. In 1968, with the anti-war movement and the Vietnam body count nearing their respective apexes, the Tournament chose Dirksen, one of the Senate’s most devoted hawks. But the Tournament was at its most tone deaf in 1992, when it chose Cristobol Colon, a descendant of Christopher Columbus, to help celebrate the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America. In retrospect it remains an inexplicable act of naivete. The organization was apparently simply unaware that the Columbian legacy had undergone significant revisions and had not escaped unscathed. The outcry that followed caught its members entirely off guard. By the time it was over, the Tournament had instituted a diversity committee, promised to hire more minority contractors, and installed Campbell, for a time the only Native American in Congress, as co-grand marshal. It has avoided politics ever since. The 14-year absence of political figures from the head of the parade is the longest in Tournament history. The selection of O’Connor was praised on both sides of the spectrum as a noble and dignified way to return to the world of politics. “I am utterly ecstatic,” said Lynn Gabriel, president of the Pasadena Republican Club. “I think it’s fabulous. I’ve read her biography and followed her for 25 years. She’s a remarkable woman and exemplifies what the Tournament tries to do.” Cole, now the left-leaning city manager of Ventura, said the choice would please conservatives and feminists alike. “It gives young ladies growing up in Pasadena something to shoot for beyond being Rose Queen,” he said. Some liberals, like Occidental’s Dreier, might have been happier with a more liberal choice. (He suggested Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers.) But O’Connor’s politics are unlikely to seriously offend anyone, anymore. The national Republican Party has moved well to the right since O’Connor’s time, and the Tournament, as is so often the case, has not kept up. Gene Maddaus can be reached at (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4444, or by e-mail at gene.maddaus@sgvn.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Historic Sinn Féin Ard Fheis to take place this weekend

first_imgSinn Féin Dáil Deputy Leader Pearse Doherty TD has this morning published the Clár for his party’s Ard Fheis which takes place in the Waterfront in Belfast this weekend.More than 3,000 people are expected to be in attendance over the two days of debate on more than 170 motions.Speaking in Dublin this morning, Doherty said: “This year’s Ard Fheis will be a historic event as it is the first under the new leadership elected by the party earlier this year. “It is our first opportunity to talk about our priorities and to set out our vision for a New Ireland.“Rights and accountability in public life are two issues that will dominate throughout the weekend.“Women’s rights, marriage equality rights, Irish language rights and the rights of those with a British identity in a United Ireland will all be discussed.“Sinn Féin wants to be the voice of a new generation that is demanding change and which sees Irish Unity, not only as desirable but essential to the future prosperity of the island and to delivering their rights. “We will also be setting out how we intend to build on the reconciliation work of Martin McGuinness and the outgoing President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, Rev Dr Laurence Graham will address the Ard Fheis during our live session on Saturday.“With the European Council Summit taking place in just a few weeks’ time there will be a key discussion on Brexit just before the Presidential Address on Saturday evening.“We will robustly reject the British Government’s time limited version of a backstop agreement and continue to support Special Status for the North.  Irish citizens in the North must continue to have access to the same rights and benefits that they currently enjoy.“Also on Saturday afternoon Michelle O’Neill will open a new, ‘Standing with Women’ section at the Ard Fheis, which is about demanding a step change in how society views and treats women.“This is about delivering a new Ireland where women have their voices heard and are paid equally, treated equally and where the same abortion rights exist for women North and South. “In the wake of a series of scandals including RHI, the HSE including cervical check, An Garda Síochana and beyond, the party will set out a range of measures to ensure that those who hold positions of power are held to account for their decision and actions.“The section on ‘Securing Your Future’ on Saturday afternoon sets out an extensive platform based on ‘a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work’, sorting out the housing crisis and delivering decent public services.”Historic Sinn Féin Ard Fheis to take place this weekend was last modified: June 13th, 2018 by Chris CannonShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ard fheisdailPearse DohertySinn Feinlast_img read more

North Donegal Network and Gardai join forces to tackle cyber-crime

first_imgThe North Donegal Community Network (NDCN) and An Garda Síochána have joined forces to roll out a new ‘Community Safety Campaign’ across North Donegal targeting the real threat to public safety of Cyber-crime, scams and fraud, and to promote public awareness on the issue.Sergeant Rory Harrison who is a forensic and a computer science expert with the Gardaí is leading out on the initiative under the direction of Superintendent David Kelly in response to the increase in the number of cyber-crimes being reported by people in Donegal.Chairperson of NDCN, Benny Trearty said: “Cyber-crimes can affect people from all ages, backgrounds and professions. The scammers will try and take money from anyone. “They are experts at what they do and are targeting good people in a multitude of ways. They really don’t care who you are if they can profit from what they do.”NDCN have worked with An Garda Síochána to pilot three ‘Staying Safe Online’ events in Termon, Dunfanaghy and Cranford during May 2019, taking a lead on the issue on behalf of communities across North Donegal.The talks cover a variety of issues including credit-card fraud, malware, phishing, password fraud, hacking, data breaches, online exploitation, identity theft, ransom and impersonation.NDCN community representative James Trearty added: “We believe that keeping the community informed about the different types of crimes and tactics used is critical. “Crime is crime, it’s just that criminals are now using different tactics online. There should be no fear in the public’s mind and the public are encouraged to report any form of crime to An Garda Síochána whether online or otherwise.“An Garda Síochána’s main concern is about public safety online and about fraud prevention. We are responding to the ever-increasing range of tactics used by criminals online.“Our approach to public protection focuses on education, awareness and prevention. This is the focus of the talks, how to protect you and your family online. Parents will find these talks of huge benefit.”The final in the series of the pilot talks is on this Monday night 20th May in Cranford Community Centre at 8pm.All are welcome so please feel free to come along on the evening. North Donegal Network and Gardai join forces to tackle cyber-crime was last modified: May 17th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Warriors respond to injuries and defections with a zone defense

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Saddled with the league’s worst defense, Warriors coach Steve Kerr has been experimenting as he searches for solutions.Without long, savvy defenders like Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, the Warriors have responded to a relative shortage of length and experience by scrapping their aggressive switching scheme and implementing more basic defensive principles. That includes a zone defense.“We’ve played more zone this year than we’ve played in the past,” Kerr said. “Some of …last_img read more

South African women marine pilots make history

first_imgRay Maota Precious Dube and Pinky Zungu aretwo of the marine pilots who recentlyreceived their open licences.(Image: TNPA) Marine pilots guide ships throughdangerous or congested waters, suchas harbours. However, they still only actas advisors to the captain, who retainslegal, overriding command of the vessel.(Image: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Jozi DonjeanyMeropa Communications: Senior consultant+27 31 201 0550 or +27 79 898 2211RELATED ARTICLES• SA opera diva’s big win in Moscow• SA maritime industry set to grow• Maritime sector a major job spinner• New DHL service to boost US-SA trade• Aviation, matirime careers for youthThree South African women have set the standard in Africa by becoming the first black female marine pilots on the continent to gain open licences, enabling them to navigate ships of all sizes and types into local waters.Precious Dube, Bongiwe Mbambo and Pinky Zungu, who are three of only five female marine pilots in South Africa, are tasked with guiding ships through dangerous or congested waters, such as harbours.The marine pilot acts as an advisor to the captain, who maintains legal, overriding command of the vessel.Tau Morwe, chief executive of Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), said: “The maritime sector used to be one that was closed off to the historically disadvantaged, including women, but this is changing and we are geared for even greater success stories than this.”The three women are products of the TNPA’s development scheme, which has been encouraging more equitable participation in the maritime sector since the 1990s.Transnet offers aspirant students bursaries to complete a national diploma in maritime studies – specialising in navigation, and a national diploma in marine mechanical engineering.These courses can be taken at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and the Durban University of Technology.Rufus Lekala, chief harbour master in South Africa and the youngest in the world, said: “These women have put us on the map once more and should be very proud of their achievements.”Winning the trust of sceptical captainsDube, from Inanda in KwaZulu-Natal, was the first in the group to gain an open licence.“The captains of foreign ships can be very sceptical when you’re a woman because it’s not common for them to see a female marine pilot; although I’ve heard there are a few in the US and possibly Australia,” she said.Dube said she had to demonstrate her knowledge of the port to the male ship captains before they were confident of her ability to steer their vessels into and out of the harbour.The two other women to qualify with an open licence have also shattered preconceptions and – in one case – even become somewhat of a spectacle.Mbambo, originally from Esikhawini on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal and now living in Glenwood in Durban, recalled how a ship captain actually video-recorded and photographed her while doing her job.Zungu added: “Being at sea was difficult at first. I was the only cadet and the only female on a Russian cruise ship where only the captain spoke English well.”Luckily, she eventually met another South African woman on board to whom she could relate.“Today I love my job and can imagine myself still doing this at the age of 65,” she said.Climbing the ranksThe group’s journey from cadet to master pilot was a lengthy one, involving many assessments and exams.The women were part of Transnet’s one-year maritime programme and did practical at-sea training on shipping lines such as Safmarine and the Unicorn.Training at sea was followed by an oral exam. Once they passed this, they became junior deck officers who auto-piloted vessels and managed safety equipment.The next step was becoming tug masters and then, after another year’s course, junior pilots.Becoming junior pilots enabled the trio to move up the ranks and through different grades until they reached their open-licence milestone.last_img read more

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A robot’s touch the answer for Bar-Lee Jerseys

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The dairy industry’s constant search for the most cost effective and efficient production options has resulted in some unique technological changes in recent years. Milking a cow with robots, something thought of as near science fiction not long ago, is now being accepted as the way of life on a number of Ohio dairies.Bar-Lee Jerseys, a family dairy farm in Willard, has in the past months put the technology to work. Jason Nuhfer is the fifth generation to milk and breed registered Jersey cattle.“I graduated from Ohio State in 2008. At that time we started doing some facility improvements,” Nuhfer said.A new free stall barn was added his graduation year. The calf barn was brought on in 2011 and the robotic milking system started the first of December this past year. Two Lely Astronaut A4 Robots were installed, each able to handle about 60 cows each.“As we’ve done these facility improvements, kind of our number one goal was cow comfort — to keep that in mind,” he said. “Anytime you can do a better job of taking care of cows, they’re more happy, they’re more productive, and they do a better job of taking care of you. One of our biggest goals was to increase cow comfort and that’s really paid off for us on our bottom line,” Nuhfer said. “The question of whether or not a robot can milk a cow is not really a question any more. I mean the robot can do a very good job of cleaning and prepping the udder, getting the milker attached and doing that. Our numbers have shown that so far with udder health and those kind of things.”The pair of Lely Astronaut A4s are not the only automated systems in use on the farm. A circular shaped piece of machinery, the Lely Juno, can be found sitting in the corner of the feed aisle, only to be awakened at the top of each hour.“The Lely Juno is a feed pusher. So every hour on the hour the Juno makes one pass through the feed alley and pushes the feed back to the bunk. If we’re out in the fields doing fieldwork or at an FFA banquet in the evening, or whatever the situation might be, the feed’s always being pushed up to the cows,” he said. “It enables us to take advantage of the opportunities that the robotic milkers give us and be away from the barn for a few hours and we know the cows still have fresh feed available all the time.”Lely, the company behind Nuhfer’s particular system, boasts more than 10,000 such milkers around the world, adding its ability to improve milk quality and help lower feed costs through proper management.In this day and age, a system such as the robots must offer benefits more than automated work. A hi-tech electronic identification collar each cow wears monitors activity, rumen movement, and more — all of which help in something vital to every modern dairy, heat detection.“The advantages in technology have been very good. Our heat detection system is excellent — helps you find heats much better. The information you can gain from the robot every day is really amazing. The number of things it monitors and sends to the computer for you to monitor, not only on the computer but you can look at it from your smartphone on the beach if you wanted to, just to keep an eye on what’s going on,” he said.Benefits have also been found in the labor department. Finding good workers are a challenge that faces many dairies the size of Bar-Lee Jerseys, big enough to require help but small enough to not fully maintain reliable work across the board.“Labor savings has been one of the major contributors to going robotic. In the past, for a farm our size it was very challenging to keep good help that wanted to milk cows every day,” Nuhfer said. “So the robot has allowed us to eliminate some of those part time, high school type jobs and still do a better job of taking care of cows. We went from two times a day milking to we’re averaging 3.2 at the moment.”A common question is how the transition from a people-based system to that of full automation is made. Nuhfer explains the complete process of introducing his cows to the robots.“About two weeks prior to milking in the robots, we got our pellet made that the cows are fed in the robot,” he said. “We topdressed the feed bunk with that pellet to make sure they liked it and wanted to eat it.“For three days before we started milking, we ran all the cows through just to let them eat a pound, pound and a half of feed. The robot arm would move, the vacuum pump fires up so they get used to the sights and the sounds of robotic milking. Once they knew that pellet was in there and they liked it, that was a big start to get them in. After those three days, we opened it up to any cows that wanted to come in to get a little bit of feed and we had like 45 cows that first two or three days come in. Jerseys are pretty curious — they want to know what’s going on with things.”The transition to the automated milking required quite a initial time investment.“Our first week of actual milking, it’s not a lot of hard work but it’s a lot of man hours — people in the barn all the time and W.G. Dairy was very helpful in having people here to get that accomplished. We were just moving cows to the robot and kind of letting them filter through on their own,” Nuhfer said. “After about the first week, a majority of the cows were coming in on their own and things have gone very smooth. I was very happy with the transition. The cows took to it very well. In fact, I would say most of the time cows probably adjust faster than the humans do. At this point, we don’t have any cows to bring in that don’t get milked on their own.”It all seems fairly easy when explained, but many dairymen have well-reasoned apprehensions about the robots. Nuhfer said, though, in the months the system has been at work, his herd health is improved.“I’ve had questions, ‘Well if you don’t milk the cows, how do you know what’s going on with your cows? Do you spend as much time with the cows?’ And my answer is that you spend more time with the cows doing what you need to be doing. You have more time taking care of the cows, making sure things are right with them, not spending eight hours a day milking and doing that kind of thing,” he said. “In my opinion you do a better job taking care of the animals than you did before just because you have more time to do it.”And no different than other technologies that are top of the line, cost is a major factor in the decision to go robotic. Nuhfer said it can be painful on the wallet, but financial perspective is important.“One of the biggest things is the cost. I mean when you just look at the cost of the robot, it is very expensive so you really need to evaluate what the robot is going to save you and also what it’s going to gain you in the long run and when you do that, things start to look a lot better financially,” he said.Most any farmer will also put a price on the worth of their time — one of the most valuable commodities. The rigid nature of milking has reinforced that down the years, but the new systems propose a big change for both the cows and the humans. Josh Keplar of W.G. Dairy said he has found the farmers often have the harder time adjusting.“They’re so used to milking five and five and were used to being there whereas now it just milks. A lot of the time we have to tell the dairymen just to stay out of the barn and let it do its thing,” Keplar said.Though the setup has changed, the basic process of milking has not.“When the cow comes in, it’s going to identify her from her neck collar. It’s going to know how much feed to dispense that cow, it’s going to know when the last time she milked, is she due to be milked again, and if she is it will go ahead and prep the cow with the brushes and clean the teats and prepare the udder and it will put the unit on and milk that cow,” Keplar said. “When each quarter is done, it will pop that quarter off and that way you’re not over milking that one and milk the rest of them. When she’s done, it will spray her with teat dip and out she goes.”Keplar also noted a misconception of the technology — that it’s just for smaller dairies and that larger farms are not suited for their use.“Some people think they’re just not for me. Robots are for everybody. Even the larger dairies are looking at them, not just the mom and pop dairy farms,” Keplar said. “The larger guys are looking at all the advantages they offer and they really do work everywhere.”Multiple brands have entered the robotic milking market. Lely is an industry-leader while perennial dairy equipment powerhouse DeLaval is now offering their VMC robotic milker.last_img read more