Most of us plan with a five to 10-year outlook and then get on with our daily business. Dairy farmers will be pleased to hear there‟s a group of researchers, advisers and farmers with an eye on the longer term future. As part of the FutureDairy team, their mission is to find ways to address the challenges dairy farmers are likely to face in the coming 20 years. Led by Professor Bill Fulkerson, at the University of Sydney‟s Camden campus, the project has the backing of the industry with sponsorship from Dairy Australia, NSW DPI and the University of Sydney.
The FutureDairy project has announced it will collaborate with a leading milking equipment manufacturer, DeLaval, to develop a new concept automatic milking system to suit Australian conditions. FutureDairy Chair and dairy farmer, Shirley Harlock, said that automatic milking systems currently on the market had been developed for European dairying systems and needed to be adapted to suit Australia’s pasture-based system.