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TAS Country : September 16th 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010 Tasmanian Country 19 The Stock Report GROUND-BREAKING: This artist's impression shows dairy farmers what to expect when DeLaval and FutureDairy unveil their new system in November. Robotic rotary set to milk market THE robotic rotary is here. Global dairy equipment manufacturer DeLaval will unveil the world's first robotic rotary in November, and it has been designed with Australia's large- herd and pasture-based milking systems in mind. The prototype milking rotary has been based at Camden, NSW, where Australian research team FutureDairy has been working with DeLaval since 2003. FutureDairy senior scientist Kendra Kerrisk said the rotary was not a ''retro-fit'' of a robot to an existing rotary dairy, rather it was a new design, including 24 bales that rotated with all cows facing outwards on a similar angle to a herringbone dairy. Cows will be accessed by a robot from the inside the milking platform. A hundred cows a day are currently being milked using the ground-breaking technology, and there are plans to boost numbers to 240 in the next six months. ''We started the installation a bit over 18 months ago,'' Dr Kerrisk said. ''The first cow was milked over 12 months ago. . .'' The large-herd, grass-based system will rely on ''irregular'' cow traffic or cows walking to the dairy themselves. Dr Kerrisk said adapting to Australian conditions had been one of the big challenges, compared with housed dairy farms popular overseas, where robotic milking can be done using ''batch'' milkings. The Camden prototype will remain closed from public and media view until its international unveiling later this year, but FutureDairy chairwoman Shirley Harlock said this ''teaser'' announcement alerted farmers to what was in store for their industry. FutureDairy's collaboration with DeLaval also involved Dairy Australia, the University of Sydney and Industry and Investment NSW. The Weekly Times LIVESTOCK FORTHCOMING EVENTS Killafaddy Sale -- Tues 21th September Following the fat sale Killafaddy MONTHLY SPECIAL STORE SALE 150 Already Advised 15 Angus, ms yearlings 15 Hereford cross steer calves 15 Hereford cross heifer calves 25 Angus steers calves 20 Angus heifer calves 20 Beef cross calves 10 Angus cross steers calves 10 Angus cross heifer calves 6 Angus cows & calves Further Entries Invited ****** Smithton Sale -- 11.30 am Mon27th September ****** King Island Circuit Sale Thursday 7th October 2010 Full details next week s Tas Country www.elders.com.au Phone: 6332 2300 LIVESTOCK WANTED Friesian Heifers suitable for Export Owen Rowlings 0409 170 419 LIVESTOCK FOR SALE GST may apply, all prices quoted are GST Exclusive 10 Friesian Bulls (reg) 10 Jersey Bulls (reg) Owen Rowlings 0409 170 419 2007660-100917 Swift to spend $80m on giant NSW feedlotSWIFT SWOOP: The world's biggest beef producer will take over the Rockdale feedlot on Monday. AUSTRALIA'S largest meat processor, Swift Australia, has been given the green light to buy the Rockdale Beef feedlot and processing facility at Yanco, NSW. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission approval gives Swift more than a quarter of the Australian beef and lamb kill just three years after entering the local scene. Swift Australia director John Berry said the company planned to spend $80 million on the 2000ha processing facility and feedlot. ''History shows that Swift run businesses at full capacity, and we plan to return it to capacity killing of about 200,000 cattle a year,'' Mr Berry said. ''It is a good result for Swift and it is a good result for the local community and producers, as well as the 450 employees.'' The Japanese-owned Rockdale plant sup- plied much of its beef to Japan. ''We see opportunities for sending a grain-fed product into the domestic market as well as Russia, the Middle East and, surprisingly, Brazil,'' Mr Berry said. ''We are wanting to reach high-end markets.'' Swift bought the operation from Itoham Foods and Mitsubishi Corporation. Swift, which is owned by Brazil's JBS Swift -- the world's largest meat processing company -- will take over operations on Monday. The ACCC spoke to cattle producers, feedlot and abattoir operators, supermarkets and other suppliers and buyers of meat products during the six-month review. ACCC chairman Graeme Samuel said the consumer watchdog considered ''that there will continue to be a number of competitors to Swift Australia Pty Ltd in both feedlots and abat- toirs'' when making its decision. Cattle Council of Aust- ralia chairman Greg Brown said: ''If the ACCC are happy, we are happy''. ''They (Swift) have been through a very rigorous process and the ACCC have come up with this decision -- then we are happy to see Swift take the plant at Rockdale over,'' he said. Victorian Farmers Federation livestock president Chris Nixon agreed the Swift acqui- sition was a ''better outcome'' than the facility not being purchased. The Weekly Times
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