The platform is the starting point for constructing a robust, efficient and scalable rotary milking system that can solve your farm’s unique challenges and withstand the rigors of daily farm life. Whether you are expanding the herd or integrating the latest technologies, the right foundation will serve as the cornerstone of your dairy operation.

Burton jane
Head of Global Marketing / Waikato Milking Systems

A platform for success

When it comes to the milking platform, your choice of materials, construction methods and scalability options will play a pivotal role in determining the dairy farm's long-term success. There are four key considerations for building a good foundation for a rotary milking system with the right platform choice.

1. Robustness and reliability

The first step in establishing a robust foundation is selecting the right construction materials and methods for your platform. Your platform should be built to withstand your area’s environmental conditions and stand the test of time. The milking platform's integrity depends on a well-constructed base that can handle heavy loads, constant movement and exposure to the elements. In recent years, platforms constructed from composite materials have become more popular due to their strength, durability and resistance to wear and tear. These materials provide an advantage by being both robust and lightweight, ensuring your platform can support the rotary milking system without compromising its structural integrity.

2. Efficiency and performance

Efficiency is paramount in maximizing your performance and productivity. Your platform should be designed with efficiency in mind, allowing for seamless operation and smooth cow flow to create a more enjoyable and efficient working environment for both the operators and animals. The layout and construction of your platform plays a significant role in achieving efficiency; an efficiently designed rotary milking system minimizes the time and effort required to manage your herd. It is important to consider that it is optimized to facilitate the movement of cows onto and off the rotary platform, reducing stress on the animals and labor requirements for handling.

3. Herd size and scalability

Every farm has its unique requirements, including the current herd size and plans for future growth. When considering the platform, it is important to consider the scalability of the rotary milking system. A well-designed platform should accommodate both the current herd size and any future expansions. Having a platform that allows for scalability ensures that dairies can adapt to changing market demands and increase milk production without the need for extensive modifications or costly renovations.


4. Ease of use and labor savings

One of the primary advantages of rotary milking systems is their labor-saving capabilities. To make the most of this benefit, producers may want to choose a system that can be efficiently managed by one person. An intelligently designed platform can contribute to the ease of use by optimizing cow flow and milking, while reducing the need for additional labor.

Adding automation technologies

The right platform sets the stage for integrating automation technologies into the dairy operation. As technology continues to advance, it is important to have a platform that can accommodate the latest labor-saving and productivity-enhancing automation technologies.

Automatic cup removers

Automatic cup removers are a prime example of automation technology in milking systems to reduce labor. These systems streamline the milking process by automatically removing milking cups from cows when their milking cycle is complete. This not only saves time but also reduces the risk of over-milking or under-milking.

Animal identification systems

Cow and herd identification systems have revolutionized the dairy industry. These systems interact seamlessly with the milking system, allowing producers to monitor every individual cow's performance and the herd as a whole. By tracking milking performance and yield, and identifying cows with health issues promptly, one can make data-driven decisions for better herd management.

Automated teat spraying systems

Automated teat spray systems ensure pre-milking and post-milking teat disinfection is consistent and effective, reducing the risk of mastitis and improving udder health. This level of precision in hygiene is only achievable with the right foundation that supports automated teat spraying.

Dairy management systems

Dairy management systems collect and analyze data from various sources, helping drive milking performance and improve cow health and milk quality. With the right platform, integrating these systems becomes seamless, enabling one to maximize the full potential of their dairy operation.

Automated washing systems

Automated washing systems are vital for maintaining milking equipment hygiene. A well-designed platform ensures that these systems can operate efficiently, ensuring thorough cleaning and disinfection after each milking session.

Automated pre-stimulation and udder health monitoring

Automated pre-milking stimulation and udder health monitoring have become another important aspect of modern dairy farming. By automating these processes and integrating them into the milking system, one can enhance milk letdown, cow comfort and overall udder health.

As you look to invest in your rotary milking system, consider how the platform can support these technologies.

Future-proofing your business

Dairy farming is not just about overcoming your farm’s unique challenges today; it is also about future-proofing the dairy operation, ensuring it remains at the forefront of innovation and efficiency for years to come. By investing in a quality platform for the rotary milking system, producers are taking a significant step toward future-proofing their business.

With the right platform, the milking system can adapt to changing industry trends, increased automation and evolving herd sizes. This adaptability ensures that your dairy operation remains competitive and profitable well into the future.