Mat Daubney lives in Perth, Australia on Bannister Downs Farm with his kids and wife Sue, where they milk 3,200 cows.
The third-generation farmer has two dairy parlours – one runs a 22-year-old 90-unit rotary dairy and the second is a fully robotic AMR 24-unit rotary.
“Sue and I created this as our next-generation family business, we process all our milk on the farm,” explained Mat who added, “we didn’t appreciate how positive this would be for people”.Automatic Mat said that people believe that automation on the farm means fewer employees while Mat is of the opinion that it allows them to be more productive with their time. “Since we developed our AMR milking system, we have found that it has allowed us to turn our individual attention on the cows,” he outlined.
“We’re actually milking four different quarters now, so we’re able to zero in on what’s happening with that cow,” he added.
He noted that the employees on his farm love the new automated system and that young people of 18 -19 years of age can become really involved in dairy farming because of automation.Service “I think that a big part of the value of the AMR is the service that’s attached to it. It’s probably the first time in my dairy career that I have been offered an in-service agreement,” concluded the third-generation farmer.
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