Robotic milking systems (RMS) are increasing in number throughout Tasmania, with nine farms now using the technology in the state – one farm using AMR (Automatic Milking Rotary) and 8 farms with single unit boxes.
For more information on RMS in Tasmania, including a RMS discussion group run by TIA, please contact Alexis Perez, TIA Dairy Development and Extension Officer, on 0418 876 089 or email Alexis.Perez@utas.edu.au.
Beginning in mid-2015, the TIA Dairy Centre is working with the Crowden family in an RMS Focus Farm program funded by Dairy Australia and DairyTas. The aim of the focus farm is to demonstrate key decision making processes on a commercial robotic milking farm.
The Tasmanian Robotic Milking System Focus Farm is located at Western Creek in the central north region of Tasmania. It is owned by the Crowden family and managed by Marcus and Zed Crowden. The milking area is 50 hectares (25 ha of which is irrigated) on which approximately 210 cows are milked through three RMS units.
Focus Farm Updates
There are a range of resources available to farmers and service providers regarding RMS. Click on the links below for more information.
There are also a range of videos available that demonstrate various types of Robotic Milking Systems and the machines and technology used. Many of the companies that produce RMS technology have short videos that demonstrate how the machines are installed and used. Several of these videos can be found by following the links below.