Robots are milking cows

Robots are milking cows now. Immigrants not needed.

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There’s a NY Times article about cow-milking robots.

The Bordens and other farmers say a major force is cutting labor costs — health insurance, room and board, overtime, and workers’ compensation insurance — particularly when immigration reform is stalled in Washington and dependable help is hard to procure.

The machines also never complain about getting up early, working late or being kicked.

This article demonstrates that the economy doesn’t need immigrants, who cost the taxpayers lots of money because we have to provide for their Obamacare, education for their children, and other expensive government benefits. The economy needs more robots.

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10 Responses to Robots are milking cows

  1. Mr. Rational says:

    Indeed.  A great many jobs are going to be automated.  If illegal Mexicans weren’t so easily hired, most lawn mowing might already be done by robotic lawnmowers (which you can already buy).

    I think the wonderful part of the robotic milking machines is that it allows the dairy farmers to take a day off.  The robots deliver the feed, remove the manure and take the milk, the cows just do their own thing (they appear to enjoy the milking experience), and the humans can kick back a bit.

  2. Anon says:

    capital investment has the downside of costing money however, if they had gotten their amnesty, this wouldn’t have come to pass.

    • mindweapon says:

      Right! Being opposed to immigration invasion is to be in favor of moderning agriculture. Robots not Mexicans!

      The Germans have a saying, “Kinder statt Inder.”

  3. And this is why I’m not a doomer. Have you seen those swarm robots that do planting, watering, and fertilization? They are small, cheap little plastic things, not much more complicated than a remote control toy car. But they are wireless networked to each other and to the internet, where all the heavy lifting computing wise happens.

    So you just set 6 of these little robots out into a field and they go around photographing, measuring moisture and acidity, planting seeds, watering and applying fertilizer. Just set them down and watch them work. It’s the future.

    Hell, have you seen the latest John Deere’s? Essentially it’s a GPS enabled remote controlled luxury car with a tractor’s body. Sit in the sound proof cab, turn autodrive to on, and sit back in air conditioned comfort and it plows your field. Hell, why even bother with a person inside at all? Just observe it on your laptop from the porch. That’s my kind of farming.

    • mindweapon says:

      I’m still a doomer. Robots aren’t going to fix the drawdown of the Oglalla Aquifer or the salination of the water table in California or the arms race between insect pests and weed pests that the biotech companies are LOSING.

      I took Integrated Pest Management and Soil Science at a land grant college, and I asked a lot of questions about modern agriculture. No worries, mate, we’re doomed.

      • Well I’m not going to pretend to be anything more than a guy that reads articles about high tech farming, but I wonder if cheap robots could enable low impact ag? Pest management as opposed to just poisoning everything, low yield made profitable because you just send out robots to gather the top 20% of output, high intensity products like tomatoes more or less grown in very controlled conditions. Instead of “farming” it’s more like “gathering” – just let nature grow, while using low impact management techniques for specific things you want, and accept a high level of loss.

        A couple of years ago at the height of second wave (post Y2K) doomer porn, I added this all up. 2,000 calories a day, healthy no-chem “organic” style fruits and vegetables, some x amount of electricity and labor, ignoring capital investment and land value, it seemed possible.

        It’s an political-economic issue more than an engineering issue. Farmers had to be “profitable” in order to pay off their loans, investors like stability, so each farmer must produce x per year on y square acres of horizontal land surface. I know a guy that knows a guy that knows a guy that is a farmer, very typical in that he’s a medium scale operation and is essentially an employee of Monsanto. They just give him a list of tasks to complete, he drives around on his tractor planting Monsanto Seed #89 while applying Monsanto Fertilizer #X-43 and harvesting at some specific point in time. It’s “efficient” but only to a bean counter – people confusing “dollars” – the social construct of “financial capital” – with physical capital.

        Taking the metaphor too literally.

        I dunno. I’m still a techno-optimist. Once the average ‘Merkin faces the slightest bit of discomfort, perhaps a TV show getting cancelled, I expect “Feed Africa” and “World Peace” and “Embrace the Diversity” will go by the wayside very quickly. Whites are only 10% of the world population, yet whites dominate the earth. If we just ignored the rest of the world for a few years you’d see the population of earth plummet, which would likely be a good thing environmentally speaking.

        I freely admit to mostly talking out of my ass on this stuff, but seriously the robots are freaking super cool.

      • mindweapon says:


        Industrial Ag gets 20 billion a year in subsidies, and tens of billions more in indirect subsidies. Take away those subsidies, they would not be able to compete with me and people like me wielding hand tools! As an office worker and very part time gardener, I can produce between 1000 to 1500 pounds of high quality fruits and vegetables per year for about 50 hours of labor. Financial investment, a few hundred dollars, mostly getting horse manure dumped on my gardens.

        They already can’t compete against me on quality, though the stupid sheeple prefer Monsanto GM corn syrup products rather than fresh fruits and vegetables, which is why I don’t make a living producing food. But it’s likely that Commercial Agriculture in it’s present form is going to partially fail, in which cases food prices will skyrocket and backyard gardeners and small farmers will kick into full time production.

  4. TabuLa Raza says:

    Israel: Robots are bilking cows

  5. marblenecltr says:

    Do the robots immigrating from China put American robots out of work? Did they get in the country legally?

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