Our History

Waikato Milking Systems was founded with a solid commitment to design, develop and manufacture evolutionary milking equipment for dairy farmers - worldwide.

The history of the company parallels one of the most transformational periods in dairy farming when research, science and technology enabled unprecedented development opportunities focused clearly on sustainable farming and increased farm gate profitability. The ability of the company to anticipate the requirements of modern dairy farmers and quickly bring to fruition unique, robust and reliable products has resulted in a global business with an enviable reputation.

1966

Research and development begins for a Herd test milk meter

1967

Waikato Milk Meter launched

1967

Waikato Milk Meter gains ICAR approval

1967

Waikato Milk Meter approved for official herd recording in UK

1967

Alfa-Laval distributes Waiakto Milk Meter in UK

1967

First shipment of Milk Meters leave New Zealand

1976

Owned by AHI (Alex Harvey Industries)

1976

A shift from components to milking systems

 

1976

Export base established for Milk Meter

 

1976

Association with Ruakura Research Centre continues

 

1977

Waikato Pneumatic Pulsator launched

 

1978

TCR launched

 

1978

Hand held Mastitis detector launched

 

1981

Isolator Claw launched

 

1986

SupaVac Vacuum Regulator launched

 

1986

First SupaMilker large bore (100mm) milking system launched

 

1986

AHI merged with Carter Holt and became CHH

 

1986

New Zealand Dealer Network established

 

1986

Ruakura Milk Harvester launched

 

1989

FC Cluster Washer launched

 

1989

Introduced Components and Systems into US market

 

1991

SupaMilker upgraded to Supa4

 

1991

CHH Agriculture division became InterAg

 

1992

The brand 'Waikato Milking Systems' officially launched

1996

DEC International USA acquired InterAg

1996

Waikato Milking Systems distributed through BouMatic in USA

1996

Topline Waikato renamed Dairy Xpress

1996

Farm Services Engineering started supplying Rotary platforms to Waikato Milking Systems

2000

Timaru branch and warehouse established to service the South Island of New Zealand

2000

Purchased 50% shares in Kiwi Stainless

2001

Waikato Milking Systems Ltd established

2002

G2 Cluster Washer launched

2002

Waikato 320 Claw launched

2002

Purchased remaining 50% shares of Kiwi Stainless and renamed Stainless Innovations

2003

Speedsampler launched

2003

Purpose built building in Maui

2004

Electronic Air Injector launched

2004

First platform Quantum installed in 2004

2005

SmartECR Cup Removers launched

2005

Established Rotary Platforms NZ (RPNZ) based in Matamata

2006

PulseGuard launched

2007

SmartWASH launched

2007

SmartCONTROL launched

2008

Waikato Milking Systems USA established in Janesville, Wisconsin, USA

2009

Orbit Concrete Rotary Platform manufactured by Waikato Milking Systems

2009

SmartPULS launched

2009

SmartSPRAY launched

2009

SmartD-TECT launched

2010

SmartD-TECT integrates with 3rd party herd management software via SmartLINK

2010

SwingArms for Herringbone systems launched

2010

Centrus Composite Rotary Platform launched

2013

Electronic Milk Meter launched

2014

Change in ownership - Tainui Group Holdings, Ngai Tahu and Pioneer Capital

2014

Heavy Duty Bails launched for international markets

2014

Adjustable Pivot Roller launched

2015

NaviGATE Drafting Gate launched

2015

Won Innovation Award at National Fieldays for Centrus Rotary Platform

2015

Purchased Hi-Tech Enviro Solutions

2015

Purpose built facility in Horotiu, Hamilton, New Zealand fully operational

2016

Won ExportNZ Exporter of the Year for $10 - $25 million category as well as Supreme Award

2016

Purchased AIC Dairy Equipment in Holmen USA, renamed AIC Waikato

2016

Centrus Composite Rotary Platform G3 model launched with new modulare single bails

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