DeLaval released its new rotary milking system to Australian farmers at the Elmore field days this month.
The DeLaval Rotary E100 is the result of a multi-million dollar development program to create a rotary to suit for farming conditions in Australia and New Zealand.
“We’ve applied everything we’ve learned over the last 130 years designing and installing dairy systems around the world, to create a rotary that meets the unique challenges of the varied input systems and pasture-based dairy farming common in Australia and New Zealand,” DeLaval’s Justin Thompson said.
The DeLaval Rotary E100 was launched in New Zealand in June, following extensive testing on two local test farms.
“For the last three years we’ve had key members of the global engineering team focused on creating a new benchmark for rotary systems that directly addresses the needs of Australian and New Zealand farmers,” Mr Thompson said.
“Throughout this whole process, we have kept asking ourselves, what sort of rotary will measurably improve animal welfare, farm profitability, worker efficiency and milk quality?”
Mr Thompson said there had been good early interest in the system from Australian farmers.
This followed good outcomes on the NZ test farm where a 500-cow herd was the first to put the DeLaval Rotary E100 through its paces over the 2016–2017 season.
“For us, cow comfort comes first and I’ve never seen animals so calm in a cowshed,” farm owner Jack Scheres said.
“It identifies the cow as she comes in, it tells me milk production or milk loss, and it will automatically draft any cow based on parameters I set,” sharemilker Chap Zweirs said.
“Any cowshed will do the basic job, so the inbuilt technology was the deciding factor for us to purchase the E100.”
The DeLaval Rotary E100 is the first phase in a global rotary development program planned by the DeLaval over the next two years.