11 September 2017 - DeLaval has announced it will reveal its new rotary milking system to Australian farmers at the Elmore Fieldays in October.
The DeLaval Rotary E100 is the result of a multi-million dollar development programme to create the ultimate rotary 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,” explained Justin Thompson, DeLaval’s Oceania Sales Director, based in Melbourne.
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,” said Mr Thompson.
“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? We know these are the things that really matter to our farmers,” he explained.
Mr Thompson said there had been good early interest in the system from Australian farmers, ahead of the Elmore launch. 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,” said farm owner Jack Scheres.
“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,” explained sharemilker Chap Zweirs. “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 programme planned by the DeLaval over the next two years.