Automatic milking systems
Automatic milking systems have been developed for dairy farms to reduce the human labour required for milk harvesting. In Australia, the challenge is to incorporate automatic milking into pasture-based production systems while maintaining production targets.
Precision dairy technology: Automatic milking systems (PDF, 1.7MB)
This fact sheet describes how the robotic or automatic milking systems work and how dairy farmers implement this type of technology. Contact details of the major suppliers, together with approximate cost and other relevant information is included.
Automatic milking systems FAQ (PDF, 2.4MB)
Frequently asked questions about automatic milking systems answered by Nicolas Lyons, Development Officer Automatic Milking Systems, NSW Department of Primary Industries.
Future Dairy website: Automatic milking systems publications (external link)
Further information sheets on AMS have been prepared by the FutureDairy team at the University of Sydney, and are available at the above link.
Future Dairy website: Case studies (external link)
The FutureDairy team have also conducted a number of case studies demonstrating the use of AMS.
Agriculture Victoria Automatic Milking System project (external link)
Agriculture Victoria and Dairy Australia put together an overview of what it is like to manage a farm using AMS technology, including videos and case studies.
DairyNZ: Robotic milking (external link)
A wide range of information about AMS and considerations in New Zealand.
Video link of AMS pasture management http://futuredairy.com.au/nsw-dpi-releases-ams-video/ (external link)
Nico Lyons from NSW Department of Primary Industries presents a video of pasture management in a AMS pasture based system in Tasmania.