Milk­ing made MO­BILE

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You might think your block is too small to be a dairy farm, but Roland Lee and Me­lanie Phillips are liv­ing proof it’s prob­a­bly not.

Their new busi­ness is build­ing mo­bile milk­ing units for small-scale farms which would al­low any­one with a few cows to ef­fi­ciently milk their herd and safely store the milk.

Com­mer­cial dairy cows usu­ally walk kilo­me­tres to get to the milk­ing shed, but on Roland and Me­lanie’s land, the milk­ing shed comes to the cows. The cou­ple’s mo­bile, self­con­tained, fully-equipped farm dairy premise is suit­able for milk­ing 2-24 cows.

“It’s for peo­ple who would like to milk cows on a small and sus­tain­able scale. Some lifestyle blocks could sup­port six or so cows. Al­ter­na­tively ad­join­ing lifestyle blocks could be worked to­gether to run a small herd. Lit­tle dairy farms that have be­come un­eco­nomic and gen­er­ally no longer have op­er­a­tional or com­pli­ant dairies could utilise a Mo­bile Mini Milker to get go­ing quickly and af­ford­ably again.

“There is a grow­ing de­mand from cus­tomers for farm fresh milk so we think the tim­ing is right, and with our Mo­bile Mini Milker solv­ing the prob­lem of no cow­shed, we think small scale dairy­ing is once again a vi­able op­tion.”

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