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Phone (03) 236-6077 or (027) 662-1954
53 Great North Road, Winton
"Cow Barn Design & Building
Specialists with 13000 cows
Farmers with dairy wintering barns are reporting savings of
20 to 23% over outdoor wintering costs made up from: -
Savings on winter-feed costs because cows are warmer
and there is less feed wastage.
Savings on pasture damage, pugging, nutrient run-off
and the environment because cows are off the land
during the wetter periods.
Being able to milk longer at the shoulders of the season
and therefore increase milking days.
Less cow walking distance resulting in better yields and
less lame cows.
Fertiliser savings by being able to apply the retained
effluent at a time when the grass can best uptake the
Reduced feed supplement wastage and pasture damage
by using barn as a feed pad during milking periods.
"Turn-key packages for complete shed with
full fit out from $1600 per cow"
Talk to the builders with over 10 years of proven experience
in the business of comfortable and affordable cow housing.
Winton Hydraulic Lift Cambridge
Roller 3m to 3.6m from $11250
• 75mm axle with sealed ball race bearings
• 26 Inch standard rings
Winton Aerator 5 leg from.................................... $9995
Winton Leveller / Cultivator 3m to 6m from........$6116
Winton Chisel Plough 11 or 13 Tine from ........... $5250
Winton Silage Grab from 1600mm ..................... $4800
Winton Hydraulic Log Splitter ............................. $3060
Winton 3PT Linkage Quick Hitch from..................$785
Winton Grass covering harrows 3m ..................... $550
For specifications or orders call now
on (03) 2366077 or see
(All prices Plus GST)
Dairying Advertising Feature
Improved milking technology
A few years ago, one of my regular clients for milking machine maintenance
was a farmer who was milking about 400 cows through a 44 bale rotary platform.
Simple automatic cup removal controls, watertight and
even disposable have come on the market.''
By COLIN MORRISON
He had everything set up so that it only took him, automatic cup
removers, and an automatic teat spray unit to carry out the
In theory, he would stand over at the cups on position and take care
of the entire milking. If cows went around twice, there was a chain
which stopped them backing off as the table took them past the exit
race. When the cups did come off, the chain dropped at the same
time, and the cows walked down the exit race. They then stepped
over a small girder and an electronic 'eye' would release a timed shot
of teat spray in the general direction of the udder.
However, milkings were always a stressful time for this farmer,
because although his technology was state of the art for the time, it
did have some problems. The automatic cup remover controls did not
like water, or even any dampness and so were quite often unreliable.
Cups would not lift, chains would not release, vacuums would not
shut off and all other sorts of problems occurred. When the cows
exited, the teat spray was a very hit and miss affair, prone to the wind
and very costly to use due to the amount of spray used. The farmer
could never actually get away with just himself in the shed.
As time progressed however and the technology improved, his vision
became true. Simple automatic cup removal controls, watertight and
even disposable have come on the market. They are more user
friendly and simple to maintain, some even programmable for the
different times of the year to avoid over milkings and second let
downs etc. All in all, they are far superior to the earlier equipment.
The chains, too, have disappeared to be replaced by arms. The arms
are linked to the lifting rams so that as the cups are drawn off, the
hinged arm is lifted up allowing the cow to exit.
Teat spray units are now fixed at platform height near the exit point
and cows are sprayed just as they are leaving the platform ensuring a
good application (just watch for the effect of the excess teat spray on
that rubberware though).
As platforms have increased in size it has often been important to
have more and more staff members in the milking shed. Automatic
cup removers and in fact automation of any kind will not totally do
away with staff as that farmer envisaged, however it will ensure better
cow health with no over milking and better udder health from correct
teat spray application.
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