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.
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
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.
Automation solutions are already having a big impact on many Australian dairy farms and there are options on the horizon.
Calving cows adds extra work and stress in any dairy operation. The demands are intense in seasonal
or split calving systems where large numbers of cows calve over brief periods. In year round calving
systems, it’s an on-going chore.
Clever pasture allocation strategies could increase the capacity of milking robots in Australia’s
grazing based systems, according to recent research conducted by FutureDairy postgraduate student, Alex John.His findings suggest some farmers may be able to milk an extra 10 cows per robot by changing the amount of feed offered in the early evening.