The rotary is the second most common milking system in New Zealand and represents 27% of milking sheds. It costs more to build than a herringbone but in the last decade has become more popular due to its efficiency in milking larger herds. 44% of the national herd is milked in a rotary.
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 rotary 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 a rotary. However, the most appropriate one for you will depend on your rate limiting step. The decision tree on the left will help you identify which is most appropriate for you.
Finding room for improvement
Benchmark your milking efficiency and discover areas for improvement.
Find out what factors ensure a rotary is operating at its greatest efficiency here.
Find time savings by entering your farm details into the milking efficiency calculator.
Time saving solutions
Letting cows 'go around' can improve efficiency in a rotary as it can mean less time is wasted. Shortening the rotation time often means less cups idle time. Find out more here.
The MaxT milking strategy can increase the number of cows milked an hour in many dairies without changing the shed, affecting udder health or milk production and quality. 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.