Robotic milking interest growing in NZ

Last updated 09:24 14/03/2014
WARWICK SMITH/Fairfax NZ

Peter Vis, managing director of Lely NZ, talks about robotic milking systems in New Zealand.

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New Zealand dairy farming is catching onto the worldwide trend of robotic milking.

Peter Vis, managing director of Lely NZ, makers of robotic milkers, says about 16,000 of the machines have been installed worldwide in the 21-22 years the company has been operating.

Vis has the latest machine on display at the Central District Field Days in Feilding at the moment and told Fairfax Media that cows basically have 24/7 access to the robots.

"We've proven that we can now milk successfully 600-herd cows..."

Vis also said there was little difference in cost when comparing a robotic system with a fully-automated rotary shed setup.

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