The Prezi’s (slide shows) presented in this theme “What Infrastructure?” take you through the key infrastructure options to consider when planning an automatic milking system.

A much more detailed account of the options and key considerations is presented in the information sheet (on the RHS panel) titled “Infrastructure for large herd automatic milking systems (AMS)”.

There are 7 Prezis in this theme.

This Prezi explains how backing gates can be used in an AMS.
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Prezi 2 explains some of the advantages of including a separate animal treatment facility in the design of a robotic milking system and options for managing key tasks without one. Click on the graphic to view the Prezi.

Prezi 3 describes how the inclusion of a priority laneway can provide farmers with an ability to give “high priority” cows access to the front of the queue at the dairy thereby minimising their waiting time.
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As in-bail feeding for robotic rotaries is not an option at the moment,Prezi 4 shows how automated feeding stations are a good way to handle the feeding of supplements.
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Prezi 5 highlights factors to consider when incorporating a feedpad with an AMS.
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If you are planning a robotic milking system and you plan to put a feedpad at (or near) the dairy then Prezi 6 helps to consider the pros and cons of feeding cows before or after milking.
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Including a buffer vat in your design can mean less machine down time when milk collection and vat cleaning occurs.
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These Prezi’s are stand alone and can be viewed in any order. They take you through the key points to consider with the main optional infrastructure items and how you might manage with or without them.

There are seven Prezis related to infrastructure, covering: backing gates, animal treatment facilities, priority laneways, automated feeding stations, feedpads, pre or post feeding and buffer vats.

Main Document

pdfInfrastructure for large herd automatic milking systems

Related Info

vid_iconAMS farm layout
pdfRaising cows for AMS
XRefIcon2AMS Guidelines 2010 Feedpads
iconwwwFeedpad Design (External website)

Further reading

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The Info Sheet library contains detailed information on a range of topics.

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AMS Case Studies: In 2013 FutureDairy conducted labour and lifestyle audits on five commercial AMS farms in Australia.