The milking automation market size is expected to advance at a CAGR of 7.20% during 2022–2030, to reach USD 1,796 million by 2030.
The growth is ascribed to the cost-effectiveness of new milking systems, need to reduce labor cost, increasing average herd size due to dairy farm consolidation, and the government policies and subsidies that support dairy farm automation.
Today, both private and government dairy farms have started using milk extraction systems, to meet the growing demand for this commodity and reduce the requirement for manpower. The machine milking process is smooth and handles cattle gently. Moreover, advanced technology makes it possible to keep milk fresh without adding any preservatives. Cleaning-in-place processes make sure that the machines are cleaned and sterilized on a regular basis, to improve safety and achieve longevity of the milk. CIP removes the soil from the contact surface by circulating or spraying chemical solutions through the machines.
North America is expected to hold the largest market share during 2022–2030, due to the growing labor wages and increasing herd sizes. In 2023, the U.S. has more than 36,000 dairy farms. Further, the government support for and regulations on dairy farming have made it easier for new cattle herders to enter the market. With this support, many dairy farms in Canada and the U.S. have installed milking automation systems to improve their milk yield.
The improvements in cattle farming technologies, government subsidies to ensure a drop in the cost of milking equipment, and the role of online platforms in increasing the awareness of farm mechanization and food quality are the major factors that contribute to the growth of the market.
Moreover, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in 2021, California, Wisconsin, Idaho, Texas, and New York produced more than 50% of the U.S.’s milk. Over the last few years, Jersey and crossbred cows have gained massive popularity, as their milk contains a high quantity of fat and other nutrients.
The medium-size farms category is predicted to grow at a significant rate. Medium-size farms have an average herd size between 100 and 500, which is why most of them now use milking automation technology, which can handle almost 50 to 70 (nearly 7 per hour) cattle at the same time. Dairy farmers get a good return on their investment with the automated milking process because it helps them easily meet the requirements of the market. Moreover, this technology reduces the need for the farmer to personally monitor and control the process, as well as the possibility of human error, thus improving the production output and quality.
Some of the major players in the milking automation market are DeLaval, GEA Group, Nedap N.V., Allflex Livestock Intelligence, Afimilk Ltd., Beco Dairy Automation Inc., Boumatic, Dairymaster, Waikato Milking Systems, and Milkwell Milking Systems.