AUTODAIRY Project - What is it?

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The AUTODAIRY project, being managed by AFBI, will study labour, animal welfare and productivity on commercial dairy farms, and how these are affected by the type of milking system. What exactly will it do and why should you consider taking part?

What is the AUTODAIRY Project?

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AFBI's AUTODAIRY project studies relationship between labour, animal welfare and productivity on Northern Irish dairy farms. We have a specific interest in how robotic milking affects these factors.

To study this, we are looking for dairy farms willing to participate in our study. Both farms using parlour milking and those using robotic milking are welcome to join, as are farms that are switching from one system of milking to the other. 

Why take part?

  • Find out more about your farm’s strengths and weaknesses regarding cow welfare, labour and productivity.
  • Compare welfare, labour and productivity of your farm to that of other (anonymised) Northern Irish dairy farms.
  • Be compensated for your time (£100 per visit to your farm).
  • If newly installing a milking robot, you will receive clear information on how your investment is affecting your farm.
  • Help to future-proof NI dairy farming!
  • Please view the next article “AUTODAIRY project - How does it work” for more information (see link below).

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