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Handling Cows in a Robot Barn course intro

The first, free module of Handling cows in a robot barn course!

Come and see what this course has to offer to benefit your cow handling practices on your farm!

The course is a practical guide to handing cows in a robot barn by one person safely and efficiently having cow´s perspective in mind. 

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In the introduction, you can see what the 4dBarn Handling eСourse has to offer.

Milking robots help you with milking but there are many other daily and weekly handling situations that you need to plan well to save labor!


Improve your skills with 9 modules

You will have an introduction of all nine modules of the Handling Course!


Importance of an fetch pen

This simple pen makes all the difference when you are collecting your cows for handling.


Practical work solutions

People passes, for example, make the routes to cows short and easy.

Course Schedule

The 4dBarn Handling course is an easy and interesting way to learn! The course consists of 9 compact modules and takes about 1 to 1.5 hours to complete. However, thanks to the structure, you can also split the training into several sessions according to your own schedule. If you wish, you can take the course or individual modules unlimited times to review and reflect on what you have learned.


Handling course contains a very extensive amount of information! The course will provide you with up-to-date recommendations on handling tools and management practices. You will for example use timing of handling routines to save your time and not disturb cow too much . Quizzes and examples make things practical and down-to-earth, making it easy to apply the knowledge on your dairy farm. Check the timeline for more information!
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  • 5 min


    Find out what Handling course has to offer! This module is available free of charge.

  • 15 min

    Background – what and why Handling in robot barn

    Learn how big impact handling has to cow longevity, labor efficiency and safety.

  • 10 min

    Moving cows

    In this module you learn how stockmanship skills can be used in handling, in addition to gating and routing.

  • 5 min

    Fetch pen

    It is one of the best inventions in robot barn, discover how much easier you can fetch individual cows.

  • 5 min

    Handling chute

    Module descripes variety of handling chutes and situations to use it, but most importantly how to get cows easily in and out to it.

  • 5 min


    You might be surprised how useful tool headlocks are in robot barn. This module explains those advantages with practical examples.

  • 5 min


    Sometimes best ideas are simple. 35 cm opening and one small gate can make a big difference in cow handling in robot barn!

  • 5 min

    Testimonials stories from robot barns

    Good handling practices are already used in many farms, see how some of these farms do it!

  • 5 min

    My choices

    In the last module of the Handling course You can choose which handling tools you use to which tasks. Your cow handling plan is ready!



Virpi Kurkela, DVM

It's all about handling cows in a robot barn!

As a veterinarian, I want to emphasize working practices that support animal and human welfare in a robot barn.

At 4dBarn ®, we want to do everything we can to help you create smoother and more productive working practices on your farm. In a functionally optimized robot barn, your work is smooth and safe.

4dBarn® eAcademy’s Handling Cows in a Robot Barn -eCourse is an inspiring and insightful way to develop your farm's functionality to best practice.

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Address: Isokatu 16 B 11. 90100 Oulu, Finland

USA Contact: 

David W Kammel, Madison, WI

Tel. +1 608 212-9901

JAPAN Contacts: 

Dr. Nahoko Kanai, Hokkaido, Japan