Automation option still pricey

Waugh, John
September 2006
New Zealand Dairy Exporter;Sep2006, Vol. 82 Issue 2, p65
Trade Publication
The article presents the results of an analysis on the adoption of automatic milking systems for dairy farms in New Zealand. It has shown that the cost of producing a kilogram of milksolids through an established automatic milking system on a medium-size farm milking 450 cows would be 27% higher at present than for a conventional rotary system. The analysis also found that the cost gap when compared to a traditional rotary system was caused by higher interest, depreciation, service contract and electricity cost.


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