Robots and ‘imi’ corn future for Beaudesert dairy

Cows are happier and crops are healthier at the Cahill’s Beaudesert dairy since the introduction of milking robots and herbicide resistant corn crops. Matthew Cahill, who runs the 365-hectare farm with wife Allison, said modernising their operation has improved animal health, cut labour costs and reduced the weed burden. “Instead of the cows being herded twice a day into the old herringbone setup, they are free to roam in and out of the automatic milking machines, which has improved their temperament,” he said. Mr Cahill said their 280 Fresians are fed a total mixed ration (TMR) and do not graze, instead moving between the robots, the feedpad and two loafing…
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