Based outside Derry in Northern Ireland, Killen Bros Farm have installed a state-of-the-art Dairymaster milking parlour.
The six Killen brothers run a beef and tillage enterprise with their father, along with an agricultural contracting firm.
You would think that there was no time for all the work; however, with their new 36-unit fast-exit milking parlour, they have cut down on milking time from five hours to just one-hour-and-a-half.
The quick system has led to more content stock and in turn, the brothers are now retrieving five-thousand-litres of milk from their 380 cows in this short period.
By comparison to their old parlour, the larger yielding cows are producing an extra five and six-litres each.
The state-of-the-art parlour has automatically timed feeding troughs and the cows will enter the parlour as soon as they hear their stations being filled.
This system allows for thirty-six cows to exit the parlour in less than a minute as the bailing rises overhead to allow the cows freely exit underneath.
The Dairymaster cooling tank is completely cold in approximately ten minutes, meaning that the Killen’s have made big savings from the cooling process.
The cows wear MooMoniter heat-detection collars resulting in one of the best fertility-rates this year. The collars come with a smartphone app that lets the farmer know when a cow is in heat.
The MooMoniter will also inform the farmer if the cow is unwell or is showing symptoms of illness, leading to quicker treatment of the animal.
The Killens are very impressed with their DairyMaster Rapid-Exit milking parlour and would recommend the MooMoniter collars for any farm.
There is an open day being held on the Killen Bros farm on Thursday, April 25th, that will be addressing dairy technology, hygiene and herd health.
A number of speakers from the industry will be present on the day.
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