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1. (WO2017034394) SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MILKING A GROUP OF MILKING ANIMALS

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/034394    International Application No.:    PCT/NL2016/050535
Publication Date: Fri Mar 03 00:59:59 CET 2017 International Filing Date: Wed Jul 20 01:59:59 CEST 2016
IPC: A01K 1/06
A01K 1/12
Applicants: LELY PATENT N.V.
Inventors: VAN DEN BERG, Karel
VAN ADRICHEM, Paulus Jacobus Maria
WISSE, Dik-Jan
Title: SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MILKING A GROUP OF MILKING ANIMALS
Abstract:
A system for milking milking animals, in particular cows, comprises an accommodation space (2) in which the animals (8) can walk around, and several stationary "milking stations (10) placed next to each other. Each milking station at a head end thereof comprises a neck lock device (18) which can be moved by means of an actuator device (40) between a locked state in which a milking animal in said milking station can be locked at the neck by said neck lock device, and an open state in which a milking animal in said milking station is free to move its head in and/or out of the neck lock device. An automatic milking system (20) for the automatic milking of milking animals present in the milking stations is configured, to milk a milking animal which is locked at the neck in a milking station by means of the neck lock device of said milking station provided that said milking animal fulfils a predefined milking criterion. A control system (41) is actively connected to the actuator device of each neck lock device; the actuator devices are controlled by the control system such that each milking animal which enters one of the milking stations and then assumes a position and/or attitude which is suitable for locking said milking animal, at the neck by the neck lock device of said milking station, irrespective of whether said milking animal fulfils the milking criterion, is locked at the neck in said milking station by movement of the neck lock device of said milking station from the open state to the locked state.