My name is Gordon Killen. I’m from Newbuildings just outside Londonderry, Derry. We run a family farm business. There’s 6 brothers plus our father. We do dairy, beef, arable and contracting. Technology has seriously improved from the old parlour to this one. Everything is at your finger, anything you want to do just type it in. Anybody can milk in it because the speaker at the back will tell you whatever you need to know. We’ve gone from milking 5 hours to 380 going through in an hour and a half at 5,000 liters per milking. Cows are far more content. We’re getting more input outside because they’re not standing as long. They’re just less stressed. We’ve noticed the bigger yielders have nearly pushed up another 5 to 6 litres per cow just coming from the old parlour to this parlour. They’re definitely milking out very well. Feeders are a great job. As soon as cows hear
the nuts coming, they’re in. So they come in flying, you get the units
on, they’re milked out… Then the main bit of it all is the emptying,
the Rapid Exit. Open. Out. Drop. Next row in…
Everything works perfect. The 36 cows are out in less then a minute. The tank is a very good job. As soon as you’re finished milking, 10 minutes later the tank is cold. It puts it in from the bottom so its always
going through the cold milk. So we’ve saved a lot of money with the cooling side of things. We got the heat detection collars. I bought the first 200 just to see… and yes, they worked great! Very good this year, it’s been one of my best for fertility so far. You can do everything from the phone. The App works great and it’s very easy to use. There was a cow it said was bulling and I
would have never said she was bulling. I served her and got her scanned a month later and… she was pregnant. But when MooMonitor told me she was in heat, I would not have said she was in heat! I went to get her and she was lying in her
cubicle chewing her cud. If MooMonitor say she’s sick, you jab her or look at her or give her a rub of Uddermint. A day later she’s perfect again. MooMonitor tells you if cow was lying too long or not eating or whatever… At the start we’d look and say ‘There’s nothing wrong with that cow’ but 2 days later there would have been so… Yes, I think they’re essential.
You wouldn’t do without it, no. I don’t think it has to be a big herd,
in any herd it’s essential… Because with the price of stuff now… You
can’t have a cow slipping. It costs too much money. Dairymaster itself was great. When you go to the factory you see what they really take pride in and everything about it has been great!