“We saw investing in an AMR as a way of differentiating ourselves from the rest of the industry.”
Nick Dornauf & Bek Tyler milk 600 cows on Gala Farm, and their farm sees robotics as a way of introducing more freedom to the way they farm, making farming appeal more to future employees and getting the future generation excited about the dairy industry.
“We see benefits with robotic farming around a greater flexibility in the work day, there aren’t defined morning and afternoon milkings, there’s a lot more varied tasks day to day,” Nick says. “We can choose to do jobs when we like.”
Gala Farm has seen a huge number of benefits since introducing the AMR system, not just improved farmer welfare and flexibility. “From a cow health perspective the voluntary aspect of robotic milking really appealed to us, our production system and our cows.”
Gala Farm has seen significant animal health impacts compared to their other systems, with a lower clinical rate of mastitis and a lower cell count. The mastitis cases they do encounter are treated quicker and have a faster rate of recovery.
“This system offers an environment of less stress for both the humans and the cows involved.”