Orbit Concrete Rotary
2 x 80 Bail
"Twin Waikato rotaries heart of new 10,000 cow farm in China"
Two 80-bail Waikato Milking Systems rotary platforms are at the heart of a new 10,000 cow dairy farm in China which showcases some of the most stringent animal welfare and processing standards in the world.
The 410-hectare farm in Huaxian in China’s Shaanxi province north west of Shanghai is owned by one of the country’s largest dairy processors, Bright Dairies.
Waikato Milking’s Country Manager China, David Morris, says the installation is one of a number the company has undertaken on Bright Dairies’ extensive network of farms.
“Bright Dairies was formed in 1911 and is one of the largest milk processors in China, its farms providing milk which the company processes into a broad range of fresh milk, yoghurt and dairy products for the domestic market.
“Trust is big in China and you earn that by ensuring that what you promise delivers. We put a huge amount of effort into developing and sustaining relationships which are built on trust and brand integrity.
“The innovation and manufacturing standards of our products and the depth of our customer service complement the standards Bright Dairies applies to every aspect of its farm operations,” David Morris said.
The new installation at the Huaxian Bright Ecological Demonstration Dairy Farm is the latest in a number of Waikato Milking Systems rotary platforms across China with increasing demand for new builds.
The twin Orbit rotary platforms feature the unique pivot roller support system and were commissioned in October 2016.
As at September 2017 the dairies are milking 3000 cows three times a day, 365 days of the year but, as the infrastructure builds and matures, the herd size will increase to a maximum of 10,000 cows.
Cow are milked for 20 hours a day with the remaining four hours devoted to cleaning the milking system. Chinese dairy farms are regulated to wash the plant every six hours and the dairy is set-up so the platforms continue to rotate during washing.
The new dairy has milk metering. Each cow is fitted with a pedometer that provides milk yield and activity data. It is fully integrated with herd management software. The system also has automatic sorting and weighing.
David said all milk produced in China must be able to be traced back to the farm and the animal. “Each cow’s pedometer identifies the cow generating up to the minute data on what she is producing and the optimum time for mating.”
Around 300 people are employed on the farm, with five people involved on each platform at each milking. Two people are involved in applying, and then removing, an iodine solution to each teat; at this point they may also choose to strip the cow before cups are applied. At the end of milking, each teat is again dipped in iodine solution.
Somatic cell count, at the Huaxian Bright Ecological Demonstration Dairy Farm, is testament to the rigorous cleaning, with an average count of 110,000.