ComMoonity makes sharing knowledge easy.
Having trouble getting things right with cows, robots or the facility, or perhaps still being stuck at the planning stage? Wouldn’t it be nice to ask experienced dairy farmers from all over the country? For the cutting-edge issues you are experiencing, fellow farmers may be the only experts who know how to fix.
-Ask dairy farmers with most relevant experiences
-Go straight to solving your problem, not an exchange of opinions
-Access the searchable knowledge base
-Share your knowledge with other farmers
-Help develop virtual dairy producer communities
What is ComMoonity–Robotic Milking?
ComMoonity–Robotic Milking is a virtual community of dairy farmers and industry specialists who are dedicated to solving farmers’ problems associated with robotic milking. It is a social experiment pilot for farmers to utilize a Q&A-style learning model inspired by programming communities in an increasingly fast-paced, technological environment. As a current or prospective user of robotic milking systems, we invite you–one of the most technologically-minded dairy farmers–to spearhead this pilot.
How does it work?
The diagram shows the four primary actions performed on this site:
- posting a question
- offering an answer
- accepting an answer
- editing the question for clarity.
The primary function of the app is to efficiently facilitate these four steps, so that members can find ideas and help solve problems. The key is to create an effective system of formulating discussions into practical questions and build trust among community members.
Information is a key asset in today’s business environment. Its quality relies as much on the credibility of the content as its speed, accessibility, and relevance. These qualities vary based on the source of information. ComMoonity can offer the information you need in the most efficient way, so that continuous learning and problem-solving for your farm is possible in a timely, reliable, and searchable format.
- Timely: Issues are raised and solved by members in real-time.
- Reliable: Answers come from a pool of members with diverse experiences.
- Searchable: Q&A posts are searchable by key words and also can be
browsed by category, sorted by date, view count, and rating.
- Relevant: Recommendation engines match questions with those most likely to
provide suitable answers and also connect you with those whom you share common interests.
How to ask a question?
• Bad: How to increase milk production?
• Okay: What are strategies to increase daily milk production per robot?
• Good: What are _____ strategies to increase daily milk production per robot?
The first question is too broad. The second question is better since it has more specific detail and context. The more specific, the better in general. In the third question, you can name a specific area of operation that you are considering to adjust; for example, feeding strategies, animal grouping strategies, breeding programs, sire selection, replacement decisions, etc. Additionally, in the main content of your post, it is important to provide a description of your problem and what you have tried so far.
• Bad: What are the best milking permission settings?
• Okay: What are the signs for less-than-ideal milking permission settings?
• Good: What can I adjust in the milking permission settings to reduce the average box time per cow?
• Bad: Any tips for robot maintenance?
• Okay: Which places to look at in a weekly robot check-up?
• Good: Which robot parts are particularly prone to wearing out when using sand-bedding, and how often should I expect to replace them?
• Bad: What do you think of _____ ?
• Good: Does _____ help reduce the problem of ______ in a situation with ____ ?