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Rotary milking systems have become popular due to increased milking efficiency in larger herds, and are now used by around 30% of dairy farms in New Zealand. In this overview you will learn how to improve the efficiency of your milking routine on farm. This can make a huge difference to your farm’s overall efficiency. There are opportunities to save time in almost every rotary milking shed. Simple changes can save seconds per cow, and that soon adds up.
Milking efficiency in a rotary is all about maximising the time that clusters are harvesting milk. To achieve this, it’s important to keep the cows loading and the platform rotating at a speed where the majority (80%) of cows have finished milking near the exit.
Shorter milkings can improve staff satisfaction, lessen mastitis and reduce lameness. You don’t have to wait until the end of the season to assess the impact of changes. If something hasn't worked, it's easy to change back at the next milking. Most changes are easy to put into action for little or no extra cost.
In summary, many farmers have managed to make significant savings by adopting a routine that:
Check out this animation comparing inefficient strategies with effective ones. Basically what you need to avoid, and what you need to do.