Goat + Sheep

Dairy goat and sheep milking is developing into two highly successful and growing niche industries. Waikato Milking Systems is pleased to offer farmers in these rapidly expanding industries a number of milking options that deliver excellent results.

They are specifically designed to work with the animals behaviour and maximise productivity. We have been involved in a number of installations, working with leaders in both the goat and sheep milking industries. Demand is growing and people are seeing the benefits of using our systems.


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Goat + Sheep Rotary Platform

The Waikato Goat + Sheep Rotary has been designed as an end-to-end milking platform solution.

The platform is designed to seamlessly incorporate the milking machine, milking point automation and NaviGate Dairy Management System. We have worked closely with farmers during the design process to ensure that we deliver a farmer focused milking solution.

A key focus was to create a system that milked animals quickly and calmly regardless of the level of technology included in each machine. This lets you decide what level of automation suits your particular farming requirements. And as your requirements change, so too can the machine — it is easily upgraded over time.

Built using a modular stainless steel and polymer deck section, the rotary platform is resistant to wash chemicals and urine. It is also lightweight, reducing load on the roller carriage and increasing the reliability.

With the option of a standard ACR or high performance Cluster Lift ACR, it is possible to comfortably milk 1000+ goats per hour in a 100 bail machine. The ACR accurately determines the end of milking point and also measures individual volumes for each animal.

Head Locks are a standard feature and securely hold the animal on the platform while she milks. With an optional drafting lane at the exit, it is possible to draft animals directly from the rotary.

In bail feed can be added to entice animals into the stall and also feed high producers a special ration.

Standard Features:
• Stainless steel, tippable feed bins for easy cleaning and long life
• Head Lock to securely hold the animal during milking
• Rubber matting for animal comfort and hoof health
• Designed to allow optional upgrades to simply bolt on

Optional Features:
• Cluster Lift ACR allows rapid attachment of cluster to animals.
• Milk volume recording to aid management decisions
• NaviGate Dairy Management System to manage in parlour feeding, milk production recording and drafting – works with HDX and FDX RFID Ear tags
• Hydraulic lift platform at Cups On lets you set the most comfortable milking height for your operators

• Modular, kitset design can be configured to suit you. Internal or External loading and in a range of sizes to suit
• Rubber matting over entire platform deck for animal comfort
• Stainless steel, light weight structure for long life of platform and undercarriage
• Can quickly and calmly milk animals within a 5 minute rotation


Goat + Sheep Milking System

The Capra - for goats and sheep, is a world-class rotary platform that gives you outstanding outcomes – every milking.

Designed in consultation with farmers, it works with the behaviour of both goats and sheep to achieve the best possible animal flow and milk-out. Goats and sheep enter the Capra from the centre of the platform, using an underpass and are milked facing outwards.

Separate underpasses are provided for the animals and the operators. This ensures stress-free milking for the animals and gives operators easy access to the milking area at all times, helping to improve your efficiency.

The Capra Rotary Platform is setting a new standard for trusted rotaries in the dairy goat and sheep industry in New Zealand and internationally.

• Superior integration – fits perfectly with a milking machine from Waikato Milking Systems for unmatched milking performance
• Customisable – a range of sizes and options means you can perfectly meet the needs of your milking business.
• Upgradable – easily add technology to further simplify your milking routine, including electronic cup removers or BailGates

• Exceptional milking – purpose built to achieve the best possible goat and sheep milk-out
• Efficient – easy to install, use and maintain, the Capra frees time for other activities in your farm business
• 100% designed and manufactured in New Zealand – so you know you’re getting a trusted product

Modular Design:
The Capra Rotary Platform comes as a kitset that is quick and easy to install. Only minimal on-site engineering is needed – so you’ll be up and milking in no time.

Robust Product:
The 900mm wide aluminium deck is strong, lightweight and robust. The deck overhang protects your milking equipment. The lighter weight means drive gear lasts longer.

Goat + Sheep Milking Products

Our flagship products are extremely efficient for herds of all sizes, and designed with both the animals and operators in mind. We have options specifically crafted and customised to milk goats and sheep with maximum effectiveness.