Dairy farmer hands over milking to robots through NatWest funding deal

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Dairy farmer hands over milking to robots through NatWest funding deal

Scottish dairy farmers Hugh and Mary Young have escaped the routine of milking thanks to a funding deal with RBS.

The Youngs, who together with their son Robert run Westpark Farm in South Ayreshire,  have used the money to buy a second robotic milker to carry out the twice daily chore, freeing them up to manage their herd.

After the success of their first robotic milker, they obtained funding from RBS through the government’s Funding for Lending Scheme and the bank’s dedicated asset finance division, Lombard, to finance a second which was installed this month.

The two machines can each automatically milk 60 cows a day and allow the Youngs’ herd of 90 cows to wander in to be milked without any human involvement.

The funding also allowed them to build a new slurry tower and extend the shed that houses the milking parlour.

Mr Young said: “We previously had a milking parlour that needed to be attached by hand twice a day but the new machines work continuously night and day and give more flexibility. The cows love the experience and they are rewarded with a bit of concentrated feed when they’re in.

“As we’re not milking twice a day, we are able to do other things and have more time to manage the cows. It’s created much more efficiency and will allow us to add about 40 cows to the herd. Obviously, that means that we needed to build a bigger slurry tower.”

Above: Hugh, Lisa and Robert Young, Mairi White from RBS, May Young from West Park Farm

Mairi White, RBS Relationship Manager, said: “The Young family has been with RBS for decades but have shown a clear eye on the future. We were thrilled to assist in funding the state-of-the-art equipment that will make day-to-day life on the farm much easier.”

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