Milksmart

  1. Rotary routine

    Rotaries make up about 30% of farm dairies in New Zealand, and have become popular due to milking efficiency in larger herds.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/milking-efficiently/milking-routine/rotary-routine/

  2. Herringbone routine

    There’s room to save time in almost all herringbone dairies, the key to improving efficiency is to use a consistent milking routine for all milkers.

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

  3. MaxT - rotary

    A step-by-step guide explaining the basics of implementing a maximum milking time (MaxT) in a rotary dairy.

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

  4. MaxT - Herringbone

    A step-by-step guide explaining the basics of implementing a maximum milking time (MaxT) in a herringbone dairy.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/milking-efficiently/milking-duration/maxt-herringbone/

  5. Milking duration

    Explore opportunities to refine milking machine settings and implement management strategies to control total herd milking time.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/milking-efficiently/milking-duration/

  6. Milking efficiently

    Simple changes saving seconds per cow quickly add up to minutes saved per milking, and hours saved per day.

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

  7. Milking

    Milking efficiently helps to create an attractive workplace for staff as well as maximising time out in the paddock for cows.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/animal/animal-evaluation/test/milking-new/

  8. Milking by time with MaxT

    MaxT shortens milking times by as much as 30 percent.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/milking-by-time-with-maxt/

  9. 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/farmers-becoming-the-experts/

  10. 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/shorter-milking-attracts-staff/

  11. Milking shake-up improves efficiency

    Shannon and Cass Rolls have achieved life-changing results by improving milking routines on their Canterbury farm – at very little extra cost.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/milking/milking-efficiently/milking-routine/milking-shake-up-improves-efficiency/

  12. 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/small-changes-become-big-milking-gains/

  13. 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/

  14. 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/

  15. Moving cattle

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

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

  16. 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/milking-efficiently/cow-flow/rotary-design/the-rotary-entry/

  17. 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/milking-efficiently/cow-flow/rotary-design/bail-and-cupping-area/

  18. 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/milking-efficiently/cow-flow/rotary-design/the-rotary-exit/

  19. 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/milking-efficiently/cow-flow/rotary-design/

  20. Parlour model

    If you are considering replacing your dairy or doing major upgrades, use this tool to help evaluate the size and type of dairy you need.

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

  21. Track Building

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

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

  22. 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/milking-efficiently/cow-flow/track-and-yard/

  23. 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/milking-efficiently/cow-flow/herringbone-design/

  24. 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/milking-efficiently/cow-flow/track-and-yard/yard-and-handling-facilities/

  25. Dairy Stockmanship

    Milking is a key time where people and stock interact. Maximise animal health, minimise injuries to people and cows and get milking running smoothly with good dairy stockmanship.

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

  26. Milking

    Create an attractive workplace for staff and maximise time out in the paddock for cows by milking efficiently.

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

  27. New Dairies and Technology

    Considering an update or replacing your dairy? Check out our guides for help with decision-making, example blueprints and info about various technologies.

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

  28. 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/

  29. 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/milking-efficiently/cow-flow/herringbone-design/herringbone-exit/

  30. 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/milking-efficiently/cow-flow/herringbone-design/herringbone-entry/

  31. 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/milking-efficiently/cow-flow/herringbone-design/bail-and-pit-design/

  32. 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/milking-efficiently/cow-flow/track-and-yard/yard-and-handling-facilities/backing-gates/

  33. 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/milking-efficiently/cow-flow/track-and-yard/yard-and-handling-facilities/yard-cleaning/

  34. 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/milking-efficiently/cow-flow/track-and-yard/yard-and-handling-facilities/handling-facilities/

  35. 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/milking-efficiently/cow-flow/track-and-yard/yard-and-handling-facilities/yard-features/

  36. 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/

  37. 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/

  38. 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/

  39. 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/

  40. 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/

  41. 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/

  42. 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/

  43. 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/

  44. 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/

  45. 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/

  46. 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/

  47. Plant cleaning

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

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

  48. 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/

  49. 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/

  50. The Milking Plant

    How various parts of the milking plant work, how they should be maintained and cleaned for the smooth operation of your dairy.

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

  51. Dairy environments

    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-environments/

  52. 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/milking-efficiently/cow-flow/track-and-yard/efficient-tracks/

  53. 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/milking-efficiently/cow-flow/track-and-yard/track-and-yard-intersection/

  54. 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/