Road shows for robotic milking

Some of the secrets of integrating a robotic milking set-up with New Zealand seasonal calving and pasture management systems will be available at a road show in the South.

DeLaval will present and demonstrate some best practice guidelines for Voluntary Milking Systems (VMS) at CCMP Integrated Farm Solutions in Balclutha on Wednesday, October 24.

It will do the same at Southland Farm Services in Invercargill on Wednesday, October 31.

Robotic milking would be part of New Zealand's dairying future, DeLaval automatic milking systems specialist Ron Mulder said.

Farmers would want to know the full implications, costs and benefits of changing to a system that "puts their cows in charge".