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Discussion in 'Dairy Farming' started by Bald Rick, Jan 13, 2018.
Had a bit of a scratch over the last few weeks ...........
Cracking on then.What make have you decided on? Have you managed to access SPG money?
64pt milfos/GEA hybrid, some whistles and a bit of tinkly bell
No, had the SPG for Phase 3 ...... this is Phase 4
Two members of my discussion group are putting milfos /GEA rotaries in,one 54, the other 40. Both happy that GEA are supplying the electronic/computer bits of the parlours. Emrys is a happy man!
NZ dollar back in Emrys's favour after their election. This time last year he was struggling to be competitive.
Did phase 3 include robots? Will you have to give money back if you sell them?
One bot. And our first job was to talk to WAG and have been assured that as we are staying in dairy, they are happy to transfer serial numbers for auditing purposes. Seems eminently sensible.
You don`t mess about, What is it,- 6 weeks since you mentioned on here you were thinking about a change.
Now you have started the groundwork. keep the pics coming
Subway arrives ..... should save a considerable amount of time & buggeration:
Son is 6'1" and a bit with the hair for reference
Interesting way to make the subway, keep the photos coming!
How long is your subway going to be?
I considered using a 40' shipping container
Underground passageway where about is that going ?
That pipe is 4.5m x 2m diameter (ex Dolgarrog Hydroelectric power station) so sink that and make an access hatch out of block & steps at each end.
40' would be overkill?
Oh is that for access getting inside the rotary ?
Will you be able to get a pallet truck through it? You never know what you will need to get in or out of the middle.
Making it so the tunnel goes three ways, under the deck between cups on and cups off and to the centre of the platform is a nice addition.
Is that a milfos platform and gea milking equipment? What do you think of Waikato? Did you go for acrs and meters and what about post spaying? Sorry about the questions just looking ourselves
Milfos platform which we rate as it has a double H beam between nylon rollers (critically without bearing) spaced at 600mm. GEA are supplying electronics including their backing gate & auto footbath and NEEDAP collars.
Yes to ACRs but no to retention bars as we think our cows on a x3 will milk out before the exit. Haven't gone for auto flush either and are looking at running the cups through a peracetic bath cunning housed between the pre treatment person & the cups on to stop them coming together for a chat!
Meters are not iCAR approved as we don't milk record. However they will read yield and constituents so will give us the info we currently get off the robots. Crucially the meters do not need much in the way of servicing which will be a huge saving over time. Running costs were one of the KPIs we looked at.
We have the ability to both pre & post spray through the iPUD which is also running LED lights so the cups on person knows if it's an attention cow or not. Looking in to ensuring that the teat spray is automatically primed rather than manually primed at the beginning of each milking.
We also liked the Pearson but it was more ££s and the engineer isn't as close as the Milfos guy who is only 30 minutes away.
When you put the setup in for robots did you make it easily changeable for a parlour? Or is it a major job of changing layouts?
No it's going to be a right headache as we have mains & borehole to each clean room, electric all over the place and are constantly digging through pipes of one sort or another because no one had the foresight to make scale drawings of the run of each one & its approx. depth
Heed the warning people!
Oh, and we have to destroy 3 perfectly good clean rooms and make internal alterations to the sheds.
On the up side, .............. a good nights sleep some time in 2019