MilkSmart

  1. 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/

  2. 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/

  3. 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/

  4. 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/

  5. Herringbone

    The herringbone is the most common dairy type in New Zealand. Find out more here about how to maximise efficiency in your herringbone.

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

  6. Operating a Herringbone

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

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

  7. 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/

  8. 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/

  9. 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/

  10. 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/

  11. 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/

  12. 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/

  13. Plant cleaning

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

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

  14. 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/

  15. 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/

  16. 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/

  17. 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/

  18. 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/

  19. 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/

  20. 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/

  21. 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/

  22. 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/

  23. 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/

  24. 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/

  25. 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/

  26. 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/

  27. 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/

  28. 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/

  29. 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/

  30. 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/

  31. 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/

  32. 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/

  33. Milking

    The smallest change in the dairy shed can improve milk quality and profitability and an efficient milking system is one where cows, facilities and people work in balance.

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

  34. 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/

  35. 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/

  36. 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/

  37. 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/

  38. 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/

  39. 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/

  40. 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/

  41. Rotary

    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.

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

  42. 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/

  43. 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/

  44. 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/

  45. 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/

  46. 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/

  47. 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/

  48. 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/

  49. 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/

  50. Moving cattle

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

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

  51. 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/

  52. 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/

  53. Smarter milking saves time and money

    Today’s Milksmart event in Ashburton caps off the 2016 series of eight events around the country to which more than 1000 farmers and farm staff have attended.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/smarter-milking-saves-time-and-money/

  54. 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/

  55. Meet the Milksmart in Action team

    These folk are a passionate bunch, drawn from a diverse range of DairyNZ staff and others with relevant expertise.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/meet-the-milksmart-in-action-team/