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Automatic cluster removers in Western Australian dairies

Authors: G.R. Olney

Abstract:

Dairy farmers in Western Australia who had installed automatic cluster removers were surveyed to determine whether savings in labour were being achieved. Information was also obtained of any other advantages and problems. On 13 or 22 farms labour was saved and cow throughputs per man were increased when the number of operators at milking was reduced following the installation of cluster removers. There was only a small reduction in milking time on the 9 farms out of 22 when there was no reduction in labour. The task of milking was made easier and farmers considered this to be just as important as savings in labour. There was no changes in herd somatic cell counts that could be attributed to the automatic cluster removers.

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