Head: Dairy designs hit the web

5 October 2006

Designing your next dairy just got a lot easier thanks to CowTime, the project that makes milking easier. CowTime has launched Dairy Designs on its website, profiling a range of well-designed dairies.

Dairy Designs includes photos, plans, performance measures and contact details for 15 real-life swing-over, double-up and rotary dairies.

Project leader, Dr Rob Greenall, said Dairy Designs was developed in response to frequent requests from farmers for detailed plans of different shed options. "Farmers planning a new dairy generally do a lot of research, including visiting recently-built dairies. We’ve show-cased a range of dairies featuring the latest designs," he said.

Gippsland dairy farmer, Ron Paynter, had a sneak preview of Dairy Designs. "Anyone planning a new dairy should check it out. Seeing a number of different dairy designs in the one place really helps focus your thinking about the features you need to consider in your own shed," said Ron.

In launching Dairy Designs, Dr Mike Ginnivan, Dairy Australia’s managing director, said the initiative was one of many ways the Dairy Service Levy was being invested in projects of direct value to dairy farmers.

"While CowTime is an excellent example of a project that delivers direct benefits to dairy farmers, other projects funded through the levy enable the industry to address future issues such as a world-competitive forage base, emerging bio-tech opportunities, alternative or supplementary feeds, through to threats to Australia’s international market expansion," he said.

For more information visit CowTime’s website (www.cowtime.com.au) or phone 03 5624 2221. CowTime is supported by Dairy Australia through the Dairy Service Levy, DPI&F-Q, DPI-VIC and the University of Melbourne.

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