Milking can be a time-consuming task. On an average farm at peak lactation, twenty-nine hours per week are spent milking1 . With rostering, this meant 21 to 24 hours per worker per week in a herringbone, or 17 to 20 hours in a rotary.
Milking efficiency is the best place to start when aiming to reduce work hours and provide increased flexibility for people working on-farm.
There are two key focus areas which can be evaluated and altered to improve:
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Milking is a key time where people and stock interact. Maximise animal health, minimise injuries to people and cows and get milking running smoothly with good dairy stockmanship.
How various parts of the milking plant work, how they should be maintained and cleaned for the smooth operation of your dairy.
1Survey of 500 farms in 2018/19. The range reflects different herd and dairy size combinations.