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The following information can help you improve your milking practices and productivity.

Milking

The smallest change in the dairy shed can improve milk quality and profitability. It can also lead to important savings in time and costs. Dairy Australia invests in a range of programs to help farmers improve milking practices and productivity.

Automatic milking systems

Automatic Milking Systems (AMS) enable dairy farmers to address two key challenges:

  • Availability of labour
  • Lifestyle associated with dairying

Automatic milking system benefits

Max Roberts talks about AMS and the benefits they offer to dairy farmers and the industry:



Much of the Australian dairy industry is pasture-based. Any AMS system must rely on voluntary movement of cows to and from the paddocks, and be able to handle large herds. Current research is examining the constraints for successful implementation of AMS into the Australian dairy industry.

Single box AMS units

Automatic milking systems have been used commercially overseas for many years. In Europe, over half of new milking machine installations involve automation. These AMS are single box units with the capacity to milk about 70 cows each.

Only a small number of dairy farmers in Australia have implemented the AMS single box unit on their dairy farms.

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AMS research program

Traditional AMS are single boxes developed for the European market, which has small herds, often housed indoors. The Future Dairy project, funded in part by Dairy Australia, has proven that single boxes can operate effectively under Australia’s pasture-based systems, achieving both high pasture utilisation and acceptable AMS unit utilisation.

More information

Management Guidelines for Pasture-based AMS farms (PDF, 2.9MB)

Produced by the FutureDairy project, this is essential reading for anyone seriously contemplating the installation of an automated system.

Learnings around Automatic Milking System adoption on-farm (PDF, 832KB)

Dr Kendra Kerrisk and Mr Bevan Ravenhill presentation for the 2010 Australian Dairy Conference, University of Sydney, FutureDairy project

Robotic Rotary

Further research in the FutureDairy project has led to the development of a robotic rotary dairy capable of milking at least 300 cows. The prototype was launched in November 2010 and was commercially available to Australian dairy farms in 2012.

Robotic Rotary - Automatic milking for larger herds (PDF, 416KB)

The world's first robotic rotary dairy, developed by DeLaval in collaboration with Australia's Future Dairy project, was revealed in Germany and Australia in November 2010.

View a video demonstration of the robotic rotary:

Advice on dairy hygeine

Milking cluster graphicThe new Dairy Hygiene Helper app is a tool that supports activities related to dairy shed hygiene, including milk cooling.

For more information click here.

Initiatives

Dairy Feed tools

Dairy Feed Tools is a complete feed management toolset for dairy farmers and managers. Feed planning, cost and resource management backed by Australian feed and pasture data to most accurately reflect the needs of your herd

Hay and grain reports

The hay and grain report is commissioned by Dairy Australia to provide an independent and timely assessment of hay and grain markets in each dairying region. The report is updated 40 weeks per year.

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