Helping farmers meet the challenges of the dairy industry

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26 Sep, 2019


Both Rotary and In-Line milking parlours can be fitted with milking automation and dairy management technology options.

Waikato Milking Systems will explain how it can help farmers grow the value of their dairies when the company exhibits at The Dairy Show in Somerset on October 2.

The company’s UK, South West Sales Manager Simon Hoare was part of the company team which recently attended the Irish Ploughing Champs in Co Carlow and before that, UK Dairy Day, in Telford.

Now, Simon’s looking forward to speaking with dairy farmers a bit closer to his own home, who will be among the expected 6000 visitors to the Bath and West event.

“I’d like to find out about some of the challenges dairy farmers in the South West are facing and then show them how our product range can solve those issues. 

“We’ll have information on our full product range for farmers to learn about, from dairy parlours, to milking automation technology and our NaviGate Dairy Management System,” Simon said.

Waikato Milking Systems is a New Zealand company but has been developed for the rest of the world. It’s equipment and technology have been tested in all of the major dairy producing countries for more than 30 years.

Simon said many UK dairy farmers looking to upscale production are investigating in the benefits of converting to rotary milking parlours.

“We have two rotary types, the Orbit Concrete Rotary Platform which is a quiet, efficient milking platform that’s easy to use.

“Then we have the Centrus Composite Rotary Platform, which is lighter but stronger than other rotary systems. It makes milking time more productive because throughput is increased but labour is reduced.

“But also many farmers are looking to upgrade their in-line parlours, which continue to be an efficient and economical solution for smaller commercial herds.”

The company offers three In-Line systems, including the Supa4 Mid-Line System, Loopline Mid-Line System and the Low-Line System.

Both Rotary and In-Line milking parlours can be fitted with milking automation and dairy management technology options.

Farmers can add as much automation as they like, when the budget suits, by using the unique plug ‘n’ play feature on each platform.

“If you’re looking to measure the milk flow rate and volume of each cow, you can plug in our Electronic Milk Meters to your parlour.

“If udder health is important to you, plug in our SmartD-TECT Pulsator to measure the conductivity of each quarter.

“Or if you’re looking to reduce labour, plug in the SmartSPRAY option, our automatic teat spray system for rotary platforms.” 

Adding the Waikato Milking Systems NaviGate Dairy Management System can help farmers make better decisions to improve the overall productivity and profitability of the herd.

The full NaviGate suite monitors the milking performance of each cow, its weight, heat cycle and health. It will also automatically sort the cows when they exit the parlour.                                                       

“It’s about helping farmers find the total solution, helping them grow the value of dairy, using local people with local dealers in the UK,” Simon said.