Efficiency is not necessarily about milking faster or working harder, it's all about optimising the use of equipment and labour resources that are available, to get the best from the milk harvesting system.
Milking efficiency module and quiz
On a typical dairy farm, 55% of your day is spent on milking and related tasks. Use this module to learn the key principles for efficient milking and take the quiz to see how you've done.
A smooth running milk harvesting system provides many benefits:
- Increased labour productivity allowing reallocation of saved time.
- Reduced stress on cows leading to faster milking out and more milk.
- Reduction in cow health and welfare issues.
- Improved working environment leading to improved worker satisfaction and retention.
The herringbone is the most common dairy type in New Zealand. Find out more here about how to maximise efficiency in your herringbone.
The main benefit of the rotary milking system is that when working well, it can milk large herds in a labour efficient manner. Find out more here.
Minimise the chance of damaging teats and udders, or risking poor plant performance by correctly setting up your milking plant.
Moving the herd to and from the dairy is an important part of the milking process, it affects animal welfare and milking efficiency.
Good dairy stockmanship not only improves animal health and production, it helps ensure a safe and efficient work environment for the whole team.
The dairy is a significant investment. Use this section to make informed decisions when building a new dairy or installing technology.