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
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.