Robot Utilisation

Robot Utilisation

Every new dairy involves a major financial investment and automatic or „robotic‟ milking systems (AMS) are no exception. FutureDairy‟s Dr Kendra Kerrisk takes a look at unit utilisation, a measure of how “busy” each automatic milking unit is on a given day. “We want to optimise unit utilisation, to make the most of the capital outlay involved in installing an AMS,” said Dr Kerrisk.

AMS system performance (high pasture utilisation at robotic dairy)

Despite the drought, FutureDairy’s automatic milking system (AMS) performance during 2007 confirmed that a pasture-based AMS can achieve very high levels of pasture utilisation with reasonable milk production and unit utilisation. Throughout the year, FutureDairy assessed the overall ‘farm system performance’ of its robotic milking system at Camden, NSW. To be successful under Australian conditions an AMS must operate with high pasture utilisation, high milk production and high unit utilisation.

Automatic heat and mastitis detection

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.

Automatic milking proves to be efficient system

Despite the drought, FutureDairy’s automatic milking system (AMS) performance during 2007 confirmed that a pasture-based AMS can achieve very high levels of pasture utilisation with reasonable milk production and unit utilisation.