Cows will "milk themselves" with a new $5 million dairy that opened in Dookie this morning.May 23, 2014 10:55am
A $5 million robotic dairy was opened at the Dookie campus of the University of Melbourne on Friday.
No dairy staff are required for the milking operation, carried out completely automatically by robots.
Facility manager Bill O’Connor said the robotic dairy had been in use for several weeks beforehand as cows in the university herd gradually learned their way around the system.
The dairy will be used in teaching and research focusing on integration of robotic milking into farm systems of northern Victoria and southern New South Wales.
The third year of the University of Melbournes Bachelor of Agriculture continues to be taught at Dookie and the university has applied to the Federal Government to double its student intake to 200 a year.
The farm’s 180 cow herd is expected to deliver up to 2000 litres a day which will be collected by Fonterra.
Solar panels will supply up to 50 per cent of the dairy’s energy and electronically controlled gates will manage cattle movments at the dairy and around the farm.
The Victorian government is contributing $2.5 million to the capital cost.
Neighbourhood Watch Week will start with a sizzle — a sausage sizzle to be precise — at Sevens Creek Dve in Kialla.
Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) and other emergency services are preparing for the next round of wild weather in the north-east.
It was clear blue skies last Tuesday for the official launch of the Gargarro (pronounced Ga-gar-ro) Botanic Gardens in Girgarre.
SNAKES will be coming out of hiding as the weather warms up.
KATH Bubb has been recognised for 50 years of service with the Ballendella Red Cross.
IT EXPERTISE in Kyabram has received recognition after Advance Computing won a Microsoft Australia Partner Award in the excellence in regional area customer category.
Seymour A and B-grade in season decider
Extensive rainfall in the Southern Riverina is having a negative impact on farming.
McIvor Creek – in and around Heathcote – has gone over its banks with all our recent rain, flooding streets and causing closures and detours.
Yarroweyah's Katie Anderson will be heading to Wisconsin in the United States after winning the Dairy Youth Travel Scholarship.
After a 30-year career as an accountant in Deniliquin, Peter Skipworth officially retires today.
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