Operating efficiently is an important part of maintaining a profitable dairy business and as herd sizes continue to grow, the need for efficient milking becomes even greater.
The aim of this section is to:
- explain the principles behind the operation of herringbone dairies.
- benchmark your current milking performance.
- guide you through a process to identify strategies to improve your milking efficiency.
There are a number of ways to improve milking efficiency in your herringbone. This decision tree on the left will help you identify which is most appropriate for you.
Finding room for improvement
The Farm Dairy Assessment is a benchmarking tool that farmers can use to measure the efficiency of their dairies.
Find out here what factors ensure your shed is operating efficiently.
Find time savings by entering your farm details into the milking efficiency calculator.
Time saving solutions
How milkers work together will determine how many cows can be milked an hour, and an efficient milking routine is especially important in large herringbone systems.
The MaxT strategy can increase the number of cows milked an hour in many dairies, find out more here.
Making sure cows are comfortable while entering and exiting the dairy as well as during milking, will have big benefits for cow flow and efficiency.