Wednesday, 13 April 2011 13:22

Labour-effective teat spraying

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SINCE BROTHERS Rod and Wayne Newton built their 60 bale rotary milking shed six years ago they’ve looked for a way to make teat spraying more labour effective.

Rod believes they’ve now achieved this with the installation of the ADF (Automatic Dipping and Flushing) system.

Milking 540 cows on their Whorouly farm in Ovens Valley, Victoria, the Newtons commissioned the new system in September last year after a visit from ADF’s James Duke to his property.

“When I built the rotary there wasn’t anything out there that was going to do what we wanted,” Rod says. “Mastitis was not originally a problem for us, but we had a very humid January about five years ago and our cell count went through the roof resulting in a fair bit of mastitis.

Every year since, from January to May, they have had an issue with it.

“After meeting the guys from ADF, I looked at the system as the way of the future and could see the cows would get sprayed properly.

“So I did a few sums, phoned a couple of people in England and found they were very happy with it and I thought it was a logical progression. Our quality bonuses will make up for the extra outlay”

Rod is also impressed with the system’s performance since its installation.

“Now we’ve got the pressures right, we are not having any problems with it at all, it’s working well.

He is unsure if it will be a quick fix for the cell counts or not, but thinks farmers will always have some cows that are susceptible to mastitis.

“It’s a matter of getting them out of the herd. However, once we get on top of it, I can see this being a system that will maintain cell counts in conjunction with other procedures.

Rod says the cows are getting teat sprayed better with this system compared with how they used to and they are using a lot less spray.

“It’s a system I would definitely recommend for other people consider”.

Adrian Hayward of Advanced Dairy Systems, Cobram, installed the system for the Newtons and was impressed with the quality of the product and its easy installation.

“We completed the entire installation in four days with all the work done between milkings. This meant there were no interruptions or delays for the farmer,” he says.

“Whether a farmer has a Rotary or Herringbone shed they can have the ADF system installed, as it’s designed to fit either.”

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