MilkSmart

  1. Farmers becoming the experts

    DairyNZ is encouraging farmers who’ve had success with Milksmart to share their knowledge with others.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/farmers-becoming-the-experts/

  2. Shorter milking attracts staff

    Find out how milking efficiency helps to attract and retain staff through better labour management.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/shorter-milking-attracts-staff/

  3. Small changes become big milking gains

    South Waikato farmers John, Anne and Chris Poole are seeing great results using the Milksmart approach.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/small-changes-become-big-milking-gains/

  4. Electricity Efficiency

    Some dairy farms are using three times as much electricity as others for the same milk-solids production. Overall, dairy farmers could save $42 million a year through cost effective technologies and simple actions.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/the-milking-plant/electricity-efficiency/

  5. Blueprints and building

    Information and example dairy layouts to assist with project management.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/new-dairies-and-technology/blueprints-and-building/

  6. Moving cattle

    Guidance to help increase work efficiency and reduce stress, lameness and injuries.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/dairy-stockmanship/moving-cattle/

  7. The Rotary Entry

    The connection between the yard and the inside of the dairy should be designed to encourage cows to enter, read more here.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/rotary/rotary-design/the-rotary-entry/

  8. Bail and Cupping Area

    Good platform design can help keep cows and people safe and it helps cow flow into the dairy.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/rotary/rotary-design/bail-and-cupping-area/

  9. The Rotary Exit

    The design of dairy exit races can have a big impact on how quickly cows leave the milking platform, and how easily they can be drafted.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/rotary/rotary-design/the-rotary-exit/

  10. MaxT - Rotary

    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.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/rotary/maxt-rotary/

  11. Rotary Design

    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.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/rotary/rotary-design/

  12. Efficient Rotation Time

    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.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/rotary/efficient-rotation-time/

  13. Rotary Efficiency Calculator

    Find time savings by entering your farm details into the milking efficiency calculator.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/rotary/rotary-efficiency-calculator/

  14. Rotary

    Rotaries make up about 32% of farm dairies in New Zealand, and have become popular due to milking efficiency in larger herds. Around 45% of the national herd is milked in a rotary.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/rotary/

  15. Operating a Rotary

    Find out what factors ensure a rotary is operating at its greatest efficiency here.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/rotary/operating-a-rotary/

  16. Herringbone Efficiency Calculator

    Find time savings by entering your farm details into the milking efficiency calculator.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/herringbone/herringbone-efficiency-calculator/

  17. Efficient Milking Routine

    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.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/herringbone/efficient-milking-routine/

  18. Track Building

    Understanding the principles and process involved in building a track should help when dealing with contractors.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/track-and-yard/efficient-tracks/track-building/

  19. Track and Yard

    Moving the herd to and from the dairy is an important part of the milking process, it affects animal welfare and milking efficiency.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/track-and-yard/

  20. Herringbone Design

    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.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/herringbone/herringbone-design/

  21. Yard and handling facilities

    Well integrated cattle handling facilities make completing animal health tasks more efficient and safer for stock handlers and cows.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/track-and-yard/yard-and-handling-facilities/

  22. Dairy Stockmanship

    Good dairy stockmanship not only improves animal health and production, it helps ensure a safe and efficient work environment for the whole team.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/dairy-stockmanship/

  23. Milking

    The smallest change in the farm dairy at milking time, can dramatically improve efficiency, milk quality and farm profitability.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/

  24. New Dairies and Technology

    The dairy is a significant investment. Use this section to make informed decisions when building a new dairy or installing technology.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/new-dairies-and-technology/

  25. Do you need an upgrade?

    Big projects often require a large outlay. Check out our helpful advice and tips here.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/new-dairies-and-technology/do-you-need-an-upgrade/

  26. Herringbone Exit

    The design of dairy exit races can have a large effect on how quickly cows leave the milking platform, and how easily they can be drafted.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/herringbone/herringbone-design/herringbone-exit/

  27. Herringbone Entry

    The connection between the yard and the inside of the dairy should be designed to encourage cows to enter, read more here.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/herringbone/herringbone-design/herringbone-entry/

  28. Bail and Pit

    The design of the milking bail, pipework and pit are important factors in welfare and ensuring good cow flow into the dairy.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/herringbone/herringbone-design/bail-and-pit-design/

  29. Backing gates

    If a backing gate is well designed and used correctly it can help to improve cow flow into the dairy.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/track-and-yard/yard-and-handling-facilities/backing-gates/

  30. Yard cleaning

    Reducing the time spent washing yards requires an efficient routine and careful design of holding yard and wash down systems.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/track-and-yard/yard-and-handling-facilities/yard-cleaning/

  31. Handling facilities

    Well integrated cattle handling facilities make it quicker and safer to complete animal health tasks for both stock handlers and cows.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/track-and-yard/yard-and-handling-facilities/handling-facilities/

  32. Yard Features

    Well designed and maintained yards maximise cow flow, eliminate the need for milkers to leave the pit, and minimise lameness.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/track-and-yard/yard-and-handling-facilities/yard-features/

  33. Training heifers

    Heifers are valuable stock and their introduction to the milking herd requires time and patience.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/dairy-stockmanship/training-heifers/

  34. Managing animal health

    Ensuring animal health issues are dealt with effectively is very important, particularly as herd sizes become larger.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/dairy-stockmanship/managing-animal-health/

  35. Drenching in the milking routine

    If done correctly the drenching process can be fitted into the normal milking routine with ease and without any substantial increase in milking times.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/dairy-stockmanship/drenching-in-the-milking-routine/

  36. Cluster removal

    All milkers should know how to remove clusters correctly - clusters which are left on too long result in over-milking, liner creep and teat end damage.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/dairy-stockmanship/cluster-removal/

  37. Teat Spraying

    Teat spraying is critical for maintaining teat skin health and controlling mastitis during lactation.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/dairy-stockmanship/teat-spraying/

  38. Milk Let Down

    The milk let down reflex stimulates milk flow from the alveoli in the udder into the teat canal.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/dairy-stockmanship/milk-let-down/

  39. Teat washing

    Teat preparation before milking can involve the cleaning and/or massaging of teats before the cups are attached.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/dairy-stockmanship/teat-washing/

  40. Cluster attachment

    Attaching clusters is a major part of the milking routine and if not done correctly can cause teat damage, cup slipping, and lead to mastitis.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/dairy-stockmanship/cluster-attachment/

  41. Farm Dairy Assessment

    The Farm Dairy Assessment is a benchmarking tool that Dairy farmers can use to measure the efficiency of their milking sheds.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/farm-dairy-assessment/

  42. Cleaning systems

    Maintain milk quality by aiming to remove all milk residues and destroy any resident bacteria.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/the-milking-plant/plant-cleaning-systems/

  43. Pulsation and vacuum

    Get pulsation right and maintain a high flow rate from the teat while stimulating milk flow.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/the-milking-plant/pulsation-and-vacuum-systems/

  44. Milk cooling

    Milk cooling affects milk quality. The quicker the milk is cooled after milking, the better the quality when it is collected from the farm.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/the-milking-plant/milk-cooling/

  45. Plant cleaning

    Discover the benefits of ensuring you have the correct cleaning process.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/the-milking-plant/plant-cleaning/

  46. Milking clusters

    Improve efficiency and animal health with clusters that suit the milking system, cows, and the milkers.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/the-milking-plant/milking-clusters/

  47. Teat cup liners

    Explore the benefits of good teat cup liner selection and maintenance.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/the-milking-plant/teat-cup-liners/

  48. The Milking Plant

    Minimise the chance of damaging teats and udders, or risking poor plant performance by correctly setting up your milking plant.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/the-milking-plant/

  49. MaxT - Herringbone

    The MaxT strategy can increase the number of cows milked an hour in many dairies, find out more here.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/herringbone/maxt-in-the-herringbone/

  50. Herringbone

    The herringbone is the most common dairy type in New Zealand and is ideally suited for small to medium herds. Find out more about maximising efficiency in your herringbone.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/herringbone/

  51. Operating a Herringbone

    Find out here what factors ensure your shed is operating efficiently.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/herringbone/operating-a-herringbone/

  52. Dairy environs

    Creating a good dairy environment is key to an efficient milking. This includes dairy design and milker behaviour.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/dairy-stockmanship/dairy-environs/

  53. Efficient Tracks

    Well designed, constructed and maintained tracks will save you time and money. Find out here what makes a perfect track.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/track-and-yard/efficient-tracks/

  54. Track and yard intersection

    The surface of the yard is different to the track and it can be a common problem area for cows. The intersection needs to be well designed and maintained.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/track-and-yard/track-and-yard-intersection/

  55. Multiple mobs

    Tips to manage multiple mobs in a way that will minimise their impact on the milking routine.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/dairy-stockmanship/managing-multiple-mobs/