The Australian dairy industry is committed to supporting investment and successful operation of Automatic Milking Systems (AMS). A three-year project known as ‘Milking Edge’ is a joint initiative of the NSW Department of Primary Industries, Dairy Australia and DeLaval, to ‘Support industry to invest and operate AMS successfully’.
Built on a decade of successful research and development led by FutureDairy, as well as the experience of almost 50 commercial farms around Australia who have decided to invest in the technology, the project will enable better decision-making around the consideration, purchase and implementation of AMS..
The project will develop a training and extension program for robotic milking that will:
The project team is lead by Dr Nicolas Lyons, Development Officer for Dairy with NSW DPI. Dr Nicolas Lyons has an extensive knowledge around farming systems, technology and robotics. Upon finishing his PhD with FutureDairy at The University of Sydney, he has spent the last years actively engaging and communicating with farmers, service providers and industry around technology adoption and optimisation of robotic dairies.
Dr Lyons will be working together with Ms Jessica Maloney, Project Officer Dairy – Robotic Milking at NSW DPI. She holds a Bachelor of Agriculture from Charles Sturt University and has more than 10 years in the dairy industry with a strong understanding of the industry, its stakeholders, issues and opportunities.
Additionally, Mr Juan Gargiulo, a postgraduate student based at University of Sydney who is supported by NSW DPI and the Dairy Research Foundation, will also be collaborating and involved with the project. He holds a B. Ag. Science and a postgraduate degree in dairy science from Universities in Argentina, and is passionate about the dairy industry, with a strong understanding of dairy systems, milk quality and farm performance.
The project team in collaboration with key stakeholders will generate:
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For more information about the project, please contact Dr Nicolas Lyons on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0401 650 073.