Cows brush up on latest
THE sisters will be doing it for themselves at this week’s Primex primary industry exhibition in Casino by taking advantage of the latest in agricultural technology.
The sisters in this case are dairy cattle, and the machinery they will be using is a robotic automated milking system developed by Swedish company DeLaval.
DeLaval is showcasing what they call their “voluntary milking system” at this year’s Primex, as well as an automated cattle brush.
Using the new milking system dairy cows are able to decide when they want to be milked, and can access the system at any time of day or night. Electronic tags identify each cow and the system adjusts to each cow’s specifications.
“Most cows visit the robot two to three times a day,” DeLaval spokesperson Paul Becker said.
“Each robot will handle 70 cows a day, which is up to 300 milkings per day, per robot.”
The system includes an online cell counter which identifies if any cow has mastitis, and will divert suspect milk to be discarded. The system also collects data on each cow which the farmer can use to manage their herd.
According to the company, one of the main advantages of the system is that the farmer does not have to be present, and savings can be made on labour costs.
“The cows present themselves at any time and all the milking is done automatically without anyone present,” Mr Becker said.
“The farmer doesn’t have to get out of bed early if they don’t want to, and they can go away and do things with their family and the cows are still milked.
“It is a better quality of life for dairy farmers – the cows almost milk themselves.”
As well as the voluntary milking system, DeLaval will be demonstrating its automated cattle brush at Primex.
Dubbed a “self-groomer”, and looking a lot like the inside of an automated car wash, the machine consists of a spinning course brush triggered by the cattle when they push against a bar.
“I’ve never seen cows purr like cats before, but when they get on that machine they do,” Mr Becker said. “The cows crowd around the brush – it relieves stress, helps with parasites and industry studies show it reduces mastitis.”
The Primex primary industry exhibition starts today, with the gates open from 9am, and runs through until Saturday.
Thursday to Saturday, June 16, 17 and 18.
Behind the Casino Industrial Estate, Bruxner Highway, Casino.
9am to 4pm.
Children under 15 and concession cardholders $5.
Family Pass $25.
http://www.primex.net.au or phone 6662 1860.