Farm Table says:
Partial budget on the economics of implementation
This worksheet assists in understanding the effects of changing from a conventional milking system to an automatic milking system.
What does this partial budget PDF do?
- provides examples and extra information pertaining to the first year of operating an AMS (year one)
- additional worksheet, examples and extra information for subsequent years
The resource explains that the following outcomes may occur if changing systems:
- an increase in milk production and therefore income within the first year of adoption. This would be mostly achievable if the majority of cows are trained during the late lactation period and calve back in as experienced cows within the first six months of operation
- an increase in milk quality (particularly with regard to BMSCC) through detecting high SCC cows and either treating them to reduce their SCC or preventing their milk from entering the bulk milk tank
- a significant decrease in animal health costs through reduced lameness
- a significant drop in the cost of labour in year one of operation
Other non-financial implications are also outlined.