If you are contemplating a new milk harvesting system for your large herd you should at least consider the options available to you with robotic milking. The decisions you make will likely determine how you harvest milk for the next 15-20 years. The Prezi’s (slide shows) presented in this theme “Is it for me?” take you through the robotic milking options at a high level.

A much more detailed account of the options and key considerations is presented in the information sheet (on the RHS panel) titled “AMS Options for Large Herds”

There are four Prezis in this theme.
AssetGallIcon-01Prezi 1 illustrates the basic differences between box robots and robotic rotaries. Click on the graphic to view the Prezi.
Prezi 2 gives more detailed differences between box robots and robotic rotaries in terms of throughput, herd size, capacity for voluntary vs. batch milking, in-bail feeding and system cleaning. Click on the graphic to view the Prezi.
Prezi 3 will give you a basic overview of the impact and considerations for operation of a robotic rotary with voluntary cow traffic. Click on the graphic to view the Prezi.
Prezi 4 will give you a basic overview of the impact and considerations for operation of a robotic rotary with batch milking. Click on the graphic to view the Prezi.

Main Document

pdf AMS Options for Large Herds

Related Info

vid_icon Dairy Australia AMS overview
pdf AMS Farmer Article
XRefIcon2 pp 13-15 AMS Guidelines 2010

Further reading

InfoShtIcon   The Info Sheet library contains detailed information on a range of topics.
CaseStIcon
AMS Case Studies: In 2013 FutureDairy conducted labour and lifestyle audits on five commercial AMS farms in Australia.