Cows that milk themselves
Wed, 24 Sep 2008 12:00a.m.
At a time when the dairy industry is booming and workers are in short supply, cutting edge technology is lending a helping hand.
The country's first robotic dairy farm is now up and running, complete with milking robots that allow the cows to choose their own milking time.
And with the change in technology comes a change in lifestyle.
“You don't have the early morning starts and it's all done for you, you just have to push the odd cow and that's about all and I’d never go back to normal milking again because the robot does it all for you,” says share milker Ben Scott.
And it is not just the cow sheds that have had an overhaul, with the farm boasting a solar powered mobile electric fence and an innovative effluent system that is more environmentally friendly.
And the technology gets the thumbs-up from other dairy farmers in the know.Name: joel farmer“We've got huge staff shortages that we need to help out with - it's fantastic,” says one farmer.
With eight milking machines already in mid-Canterbury and southland, the days of early starts and unpleasant showers could soon be just a memory.
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25/09/2008 2:29:25 p.m.
Its a pity the headlines dont read - Fonterra executives fire themselves. - would make much more interesting reading. Nevertheless great to see quality control being fired out the window once more by fonterra.
25/09/2008 10:35:26 a.m.
It's similar to Council rates. At specified times you are sucked dry. The cry goes up from the Council Chambers "Just stick another teat on the cash-cow of the ratepayer". You may have guessed I am not a fan of my Council - mind you I don't know many who are.
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