Shows, robots and new friends

New PictureAfter the best part of a month travelling and staying with Holstein UK families in every corner of the British Isles, Holstein Australia UK exchange winner Emma Algie will be heading home soon.

A whirlwind last couple of weeks saw her visiting London before travelling to Shropshire, Devon, Somerset, Hertfordshire, Staffordshire, South Wales and Ireland

‘The last couple of weeks has been amazing,’ says Emma. ‘I’ve met so many wonderful people and have learnt so much from them. Working with the team from Panda Holsteins at the South and West Dairy Show was really special – they are achieving the kind of things I am hoping to achieve in my career so seeing the way they work was really useful.

New Picture 1‘Looking around the various shows I have been to has also given me some food for thought on equipment and a few other things I would like buy or even import to Australia.’

In Somerset Emma spent time at Carymoor Holsteins, and had the opportunity to spend time on a large-scale farm milking around 1,100 cows per day.

‘The set up at Carymoor was incredible, with everything being on a massive scale. They have a lot of land and grow all their own feed, and have invested in modern equipment to make working with cattle as easy and stress free as possible for both the cows and the workers.

‘Visiting a farm with a robot milking machine was fascinating. I’m still trying to take it all in. The cows come to the robot around three times per day, some even five. This helps them to keep less milk in their udder, among many other things, increasing the milking life of the cow.

New Picture 2‘With sensors and lasers automating the milking process, and each cow’s electronic id enabling a whole load of data collection, the right amount of feed for each individual cow can be determined. The process was incredible to watch and I really felt I learnt so much.’

Emma is due to return home to Australia this week. Once she has settled back in, we’ll be chatting to her about some of her trip highlights and how the exchange visit has influenced her plans for the future.