Staff: Milksmart 2014 Events

Milksmart Workshop Session Content

This year's Milksmart programme sessions have been streamed according to farming experience and role within the farm team. The sessions have be colour coded to provide you with a guide to the content level.

Senior managers and farm decision makers: These sessions will be fairly technical in nature aimed to provide tools and guidance to assist managers/owners in making informed strategic decisions.
Operational managers: These sessions have been developed to help with the day to day management of the milking process. There will be a mixture of theory and practical content throughout the sessions.
New entrants and farm assistants: These are practical skills training sessions that cover best practice when it comes to working with cows and improving efficiency during the whole milking operation.

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9:30am

The principles of milking efficiency
What drives efficiency and what can you do to improve it?
- Paul Edwards
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A cow's point of view
Understanding how cows view the world and why they react the way they do
- DairyNZ animal husbandry specialist
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Practical people management
Making people management easier with simple tips and tools
- DairyNZ people team
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Save water, save time
Practical tips and tricks for improving washdown efficiency
- DairyNZ sustainability team
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The cow and the milking plant
How to fine-tune your milking plant for happy healthy cows and efficient milking
- Josh Wheeler & David Hawkins
More info

10:30am

Cow flow from whoa to go
How to assess existing cow flow, identify common issues and solutions to improve cow flow(double session)
- Neil Chesterton
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Milking technologies
What should you know before investing in in-shed technologies?
- Paul Edwards
More info

Demystifying milk liners and liner selection
How to find the best liners for your cows and your milking machine
- Josh Wheeler
More info

Cows and people
Practical tips on cow behaviour and how to work with cows
- DairyNZ animal husbandry specialist
More info

Practical skills for healthy udders
Practical milking skills to helpprevent, find and treat mastitis
- DairyNZ animal husbandry specialist
More info

11:30am




A cow's point of view
Understanding how cows view the world and why they react the way they do
- DairyNZ animal husbandry specialist
More info

Management to minimise mastitis
Healthy udder principles for preventing, finding and treating mastitis
- David Hawkins
More info

Smart water use
Water management and efficiency to ensure you're compliant with local rules
- DairyNZ sustainability team
More info

Practical skills for healthy udders
Practical milking skills to help prevent find and treat mastitis
- DairyNZ animal husbandry specialist
More info

12:30am

Leadership in practice
Effective ways to build a top team on your farm
- DairyNZ people team
More info

Getting the most out of ACRs
Using ACRs to maximise your milking efficiency
- Paul Edwards and milking equipment manufacturers
More info

Demystifying milk liners and liner selection
How to find the best liners for your cows and your milking machine
- Josh Wheeler
More info

Save water, save time
Practical tips and tricks for improving washdown efficiency
- DairyNZ sustainability team
More info

Practical skills for healthy udders
Practical milking skills to help prevent find and treat mastitis
- DairyNZ animal husbandry specialist
More info

1:30pm

The principles of milking efficiency
What drives efficiency and what can you do to improve it?
- Paul Edwards
More info

Cows and people
Practical tips on cow behaviour and how to work with cows
- DairyNZ animal husbandry specialist
More info

Practical people management
Making people management easier with simple tips and tools
- DairyNZ people team
More info

Save water, save time
Practical tips and tricks for improving washdown efficiency
- DairyNZ sustainability team
More info

The cow and the milking plant
How to fine-tune your milking plant for happy healthy cows and efficient milking
- Josh Wheeler & David Hawkins
More info

2:30pm

Cow flow from whoa to go
How to assess existing cow flow, identify common issues and solutions to improve cow flow(double session)
- Neil Chesterton
More info

A cow's point of view
Understanding how cows view the world and why they react the way they do
- DairyNZ animal husbandry specialist
More info

Smart water use
Water management and efficiency to ensure you're compliant with local rules
- DairyNZ sustainability team
More info

3:30pm

Getting the most out of ACRs
Using ACRs to maximise your milking efficiency
- Paul Edwards and milking equipment manufacturers
More info

Management to minimise mastitis
Healthy udder principles for preventing, finding andtreating mastitis
- David Hawkins
More info

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Sessions for senior managers and farm decision makers

Cow flow from whoa to go

Assessing and improving cow flow (Double session)

Find out how you can improve cow flow on your farm. Achieving good cow flow is critical to an efficient milking operation on any dairy farming enterprise. In this session you’ll be taken through an assessment process that can be applied to your farming operation. This will help identify any issues with cow flow, where and why these issues occur and be provided with practical solutions you can implement on your farm to maximise milking efficiency.

Presented by Dr Neil Chesterton

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Leadership in practice

Effective ways to build a top team on your farm

Get the right people in the right roles, and maintain a high functioning team for your farm. Find out the key skills and attributes you should expect from different farm roles, and a simple method for developing training plans to up-skill your employees for improved performance. This session will help guide your future recruitment decisions and is designed for farm decision makers including farm owners, farm managers, sharemilkers and rural professionals. Good people leadership is smart farm business.

Presented by DairyNZ People Team, developed by Jane Muir, People Team Leader

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The principles of milking efficiency

What drives efficiency and what can you do to improve it?

What is the optimal milking system for your farm? There are few rules of thumb when it comes to milking efficiency so it is important to understand the principles that determine efficiency within the dairy. What drives the number of cows milked per hour, and how can you use this knowledge to select the best milking strategy for your farm? This session covers both herringbone and rotary dairies. We'll discuss the potential benefit of setting maximum milk-out time (Max.T) and increased ACR thresholds, and the 'right-sizing' of dairies for those considering a new dairy or upgrade

Dr Paul Edwards, DairyNZ Farm Systems Research team

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Milking technologies

What should you know before investing in in-shed technologies?

Make informed investment decisions and arm yourself with the right questions to ask. There are a number of technologies on the market that can be installed in-shed. Back by popular demand this session highlights the capabilities of some of the common in-shed technologies and looks at what you need to know before investing.

The attendees will have the opportunity vote to discuss 3 technologies from the following list:

  • Auto heat detection
  • Mastitis detectors
  • Auto drafting
  • Auto teat spray for both herringbones and rotaries
  • Robotic milking
  • A.C.R.s

Dr Paul Edwards, DairyNZ Farm Systems Research team

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Sessions for operational managers

Demystifying milk liners and liner selection

How to find the best liners for your cows and your milking machine.

Learn how to evaluate liners on your farm to come up with the most suitable liner for your situation. Liner selection for any farm dairy is a game of compromises as there is no one liner that will work effectively across all cows and all milking machines.  This session we will look at the fundamentals of liner design in terms of milking speed, completeness of milk out, resistance to cup slip and cow comfort.
 
Presented by - Josh Wheeler

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The cow and the milking plant

How to fine-tune your milking plant for happy healthy cows and efficient affective milking

Learn how to optimise the performance of your milking setup through understanding the interaction between the cow and the machine. In this practical session you will learn about evaluating cow milk out, vacuum levels, pulsation, cluster alignment, liner selection and installation.
 
Presented by - Josh Wheeler and Dr David Hawkins

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Smart water use

Water management and efficiency to ensure you’re compliant with local rules

We’re facing increasing pressure around water use on-farm. As regional councils begin to set limits for water quantity, we need to look at smarter ways of using water. Learn about water metering, efficient farm dairy water systems, and how to ensure you’re compliant with local rules – and, how a milking session influences water volumes used.

Presented by DairyNZ Sustainability Team, developed by Brigid Buckley

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Management to minimise mastitis

Healthy udder principles for preventing, finding and treating mastitis
Get on top of mastitis, improve cow health, save time and money – learn how to set up practical, proven systems to achieve lasting results for your farming business.  Improved mastitis management and better udder health, leads to shorter milkings, more milk in the vat, less risk of cell count grades and a better bottom line.
 
Facilitated by Dr David Hawkins

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Practical people management

Making people management easier with simple tips and tools

Save time, money and stress with practical tips and techniques to manage your team. Effective team management results in improved farm efficiency, a happier team, and more enjoyment of your job.  This interactive session is designed for all farmers who manage people. We will discuss effective ways of forming a team, giving positive feedback, and how to encourage and motivate people on the job.

Presented by DairyNZ People Team, developed by Jane Muir - People Team Leader

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Getting the most out of Automatic Cluster Removers (ACRs)

Using ACRs to maximise your milking efficiency

If you’re considering investing in ACRs, or you have them already, this session is for you! Find out how they work and how they can be used to improve your milking efficiency. Research results will be summarised and the potential benefits of maximum milk-out time (MaxT) and increased ACR thresholds quantified. We’ll have technical representatives from the ACR manufacturers available for you to discuss what your model is capable of and how to make changes to its settings. We’ll also showcase a new milking efficiency calculator you can use to predict your own milking performance through the implementation of different milking strategies.
 
Dr Paul Edwards, DairyNZ Farm Systems Research team

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Sessions for new entrants and farm assistants

Save water, save time

Tips and tricks to reduce water use and time spent during the milking process

Being efficient with water, especially when washing down the yard, can save you time in the farm dairy and on-farm. In this interactive practical session we will cover tips and techniques that will help reduce water use and save you time.

Presented by DairyNZ Sustainability Team, developed by Brigid Buckley

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Practical skills for healthy udders

Milking tips for finding, treating and preventing mastitis

Streamline milking by improving the speed and efficiency through preventing, finding and treating mastitis. This hands-on session provides an introduction into “Healthy udder” and will cover, handling cups, recognising signs of mastitis, effective striping routines and use of Rapid Mastitis Test  R.M.T. to find clinical and subclinical cases.

Facilitated by DairyNZ Animal Husbandry Extension Specialists

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A cow’s point of view

Better stock handling through better understanding

Work with stock?  Get an insight into how cow senses differ from ours and why cows react the way they do.  This practical session is back by popular demand.  Understanding how cows see things helps improve your stockmanship, leading to improved cow flow, reduced stress and more enjoyable milking for milkers and cows alike

Presented by DairyNZ Animal Husbandry Extension Specialist

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Cows and people

Practical tips for working with cows

Make the job of working with cows easier and more enjoyable for everyone.
 Stockmanship is the cornerstone of any dairy farming operation and understanding cow behaviour is the first step. The way people interact with cows can affect milking efficiency, cow health and production. This practical session covers the basics of stockmanship from flight zones to balance points, highlighting the importance of working with cows in a low stress environment. The session provides practical tips and tricks that will improve the interactions between people and cows.

Presented by DairyNZ Animal Husbandry Extension Specialist

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