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DeLaval re­leased its new ro­tary milk­ing sys­tem to Aus­tralian farm­ers at the El­more field days this month. The DeLaval Ro­tary E100 is the re­sult of a multi-mil­lion dol­lar de­vel­op­ment pro­gram to cre­ate a ro­tary to suit for farm­ing con­di­tions in Aus­tralia and New Zealand. “We’ve ap­plied ev­ery­thing we’ve learned over the last 130 years de­sign­ing and in­stalling dairy sys­tems around the world, to cre­ate a ro­tary that meets the unique chal­lenges of the var­ied in­put sys­tems and pas­ture-based dairy farm­ing com­mon in Aus­tralia and New Zealand,” DeLaval’s Justin Thomp­son said. The DeLaval Ro­tary E100 was launched in New Zealand in June, fol­low­ing ex­ten­sive test­ing on two lo­cal test farms. “For the last three years we’ve had key mem­bers of the global en­gi­neer­ing team fo­cused on cre­at­ing a new bench­mark for ro­tary sys­tems that di­rectly ad­dresses the needs of Aus­tralian and New Zealand farm­ers,” Mr Thomp­son said. “Through­out this whole process, we have kept ask­ing our­selves, what sort of ro­tary will mea­sur­ably im­prove an­i­mal wel­fare, farm prof­itabil­ity, worker ef­fi­ciency and milk qual­ity?” Mr Thomp­son said there had been good early in­ter­est in the sys­tem from Aus­tralian farm­ers. This fol­lowed good out­comes on the NZ test farm where a 500-cow herd was the first to put the DeLaval Ro­tary E100 through its paces over the 2016–2017 sea­son. “For us, cow com­fort comes first and I’ve never seen an­i­mals so calm in a cow­shed,” farm owner Jack Scheres said. “It iden­ti­fies the cow as she comes in, it tells me milk pro­duc­tion or milk loss, and it will au­to­mat­i­cally draft any cow based on pa­ram­e­ters I set,” sharemilker Chap Zweirs said. “Any cow­shed will do the ba­sic job, so the in­built tech­nol­ogy was the de­cid­ing fac­tor for us to pur­chase the E100.” The DeLaval Ro­tary E100 is the first phase in a global ro­tary de­vel­op­ment pro­gram planned by the DeLaval over the next two years.

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