Voluntary cow traffic ensures that cows can eat, drink, rest and be milked according to their own natural biorhythms, without human intervention. Giving your cows the ability to follow that natural biorhythm is essential to creating an environment where cows want to visit the milking robot. Cows that have to stand around in holding pens waiting for attentions will begin to feel harassed and threatened, causing them to become unwilling to visit the robot. Once you have to start forcing a cow to visit the robot, you will have to continue doing so.
Free cow traffic has proven to add, on average, 2.2 lbs of milk per cow per day more than guided or forced cow traffic. Being in control of their own world makes the cow more comfortable and a healthy and a comfortable cow is a productive cow.
Farmers who change over to free cow traffic are making a choice to provide their cows with the five freedoms they deserve, and by doing so, will get the most out of their herd.