Dairying in the subtropics at Dobies Bight, NSW, Wayne and Paul Clarke know too well the importance of keeping cows comfortable in hot and humid weather. When they installed an automatic milking system (AMS) they entered relatively unchartered territory in terms of keeping cows cool.read more
With dairy farmers currently planning summer crops for their herds, regular maize growers will be thinking hard about whether it suits this season with lower milk prices and the possibility of limited irrigation water.
FutureDairy’s Professor Yani Garci has five tips for achieving a profitable maize crop this season.
NSW DPI’s Development Officer for Robotic Milking Systems, NIcolas Lyons, talks about robotic milking systems and precision technology in the Australian Dairy Industry. The video features some great drone footage.read more
Remember the date: 16-18 November 2016 (extracted from Expo Prospectus & Registration) The Future Ready Dairy Farms EXPO – Bega The Bega valley is a major dairy region in NSW, producing 130ML of milk each year. The Future Ready Dairy Farms EXPO is an opportunity...read more
When it comes to equipment in robotic dairies, bigger is not always better, as FutureDairy energy audits showed.
Gabriel Hakim, AgVet Projects, undertook energy assessments on 10 farms with automatic milking systems (AMS).
One of his key findings was that most AMS dairies were operating with equipment that was oversized for the needs of automatic milking, resulting in unnecessary electricity consumption.
“Rural Australia is being progressively hollowed out of its people. Will it be reduced to a vast mechanised place of scant human habitation?” Read the recent article by Paul Daley from The Guardian.read more
FutureDairy has launched a web-based resource on automatic milking systems (AMS) for large herds.
Project Leader Associate Professor Kendra Kerrisk said the resource was designed for people at various stages in the robotic milking journey.
Automatic milking is most clearly associated with herds based in barns. Less work has been done with pasture-
based herds, at least until now.
FutureDairy researchers have discovered that cows can be trained to respond to sound, opening up
possibilities for teaching cows to come to the dairy in response to a particular call.
Kim McKean, Manager of the University of Sydney’s dairy operation, has received the prestigious Dairy Science Award from the Dairy Research Foundation in recognition of nearly 50 years’ service to the industry through a variety of roles at the University of Sydney.read more
She’d be a dairy farmer’s dream: a cow that yields more milk from fewer milking sessions. This is just the cow that the FutureDairy team has been looking for…read more
Dairy’s top young researchers are tackling some of the big challenges likely to face the industry in the coming years including climate change, fertilisers and animal health and welfare. These were the topics of the three place-getters in the 2015 Emerging Scientists’ program which was run in conjunction with the University of Sydney’s Dairy Research Foundation annual symposium. Sponsored by Howard Australia, the program involved the students preparing a written paper and presenting their findings to symposium delegates.read more
With 34 robotic dairies now operating in Australia and several more under construction, the FutureDairy team is often asked whether there’s any difference in raising replacements for robotic milking.read more
Automatic fetching technologies on the horizon may allow farmers with automatic milking systems (AMS) to increase the number of milking’s that occur overnight.read more
Every dairy farmer knows that some paddocks are more productive than others but Future Dairy researchers were staggered to find the average difference between the best and worst paddocks is 100%!read more
RESEARCH conducted by the Future Dairy team has identifi ed the potential to use a device that monitors activity and rumination for early identification of left displaced abomasum (LDA) in dairy cows.read more
Labour and lifestyle benefits top the list of reasons for dairy farmers adopting robotic or automatic milking systems (AMS). A FutureDairy study found the labour efficiency on five Australian AMS farms was significantly better than conventional milking systemsread more
An automatic milking system (AMS) offered two generations of the Crosby family the opportunity to dairy farm while maintaining off-farm employment. For parents Doug and Lyn, it was a step towards retirement in the longer term. For son their Bill, it opened up the potential to farm full time in the future.read more
With 500 cows, four children and a variety of industry roles, Western Victorian dairy farmers Mark and Sam Billing are happy for all the help technology can offer. But with so many products on the market, the couple says the challenge is to identify the technology that has the right fit for their operation.read more
Automation solutions are already having a big impact on many Australian dairy farms and there are options on the horizon.read more