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New Virtual Herding Project announced

A major project has been established under the Commonwealth Rural R&D for Profit programme, to undertake research and development of the implementation of virtual herding technology across the major livestock industries in Australia.

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Keeping cows cool with robotic milking

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.

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Make the most of maize silage

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.

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NSW DPI releases AMS video

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.

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Future Ready Dairy Farms Expo 24-25 August, Bega Showgrounds

Professor Sergio (Yani) Garcia 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...

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Bigger is not always better

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.

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New resource for milking robots

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.

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Calling the cows home

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.

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50 Years of dedication to Dairy

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.

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In search of the dream cow

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…

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Young Scientists address big dairy issues

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.

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Raising Cows for AMS

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.

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Auto fetching on the horizon

Automatic fetching technologies on the horizon may allow farmers with automatic milking systems (AMS) to increase the number of milking’s that occur overnight.

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Earlier detection of LDA

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.

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Robotic Milking cuts labour

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 systems

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Robots attract new entrants to dairying

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.

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Transforming technology on dairy farms

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.

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