Aruana Farm - Brazil

Edson Teixeira Filho got involved in milk production from an early age on the family farm in Aruana – Goiás, Brazil.

Twice the milk in half the time

In 2004, after 23 years of milking cows by hand, he decided to invest in machine milking and bought three bucket milking units. It made a dramatic difference in milking time.

Ten years later, in April 2014, due to the difficulties in hiring labour the family decided to buy a new pipeline milking machine: a swing-over milking system from DeLaval called ‘Speedline’ with six milking units and 12 stall points.

See the table below the results after Speedline.

 

Before Speedline

After Speedline

%

Milking Machine

Bucket - machine

Pipeline - machine

 

Cows milked per day

41

78

(+)90%

Milk production per day

810

1660

(+)105%

Milk production per cow per day

19,75

21,28

(+) 7,75%

Operators

3

2

(-)33,33%

Somatic Cells Count (X 1000/ml)

253

265

(+)4,7%

Total Bacteria Count (X 1000/ml)

5089

8

(-)99,99%

Milking Time

06hours 30minutes

03hours

(-)03hours 30minites

 

Edson, his wife and son, Alisson, 18 years old, are all working in the farm and are extremely happy with the results using the new Speeedline system. The new machine has provided a much better quality of life for the whole family. Today only two persons are required to milk the 78 cows, less than a half of the time it used to take to milk 41 cows with the bucket machines. Furthermore, the new equipment allows for a lower dependence on external labour. According to Mrs. Maria Julia, it is impossible to compare the current situation, Speedline, with the old bucket machine. “Today we are in paradise, less milking time, more cows and more milk,” she says.

During the six-month autumn and winter period, the cows receive corn silage twice a day in a feed table close to the new Speedline milking system.  The rest of the year, the cows receive only pasture as forage, in a rotational grazing system with mombaça and brachiaria decumbens grass. Concentrate ration is provided all-year round during milking.

The family’s future investment plans are all related to reducing the dependence of bought-in labour. Their next planned investments are:

  1. Automatic cluster removers – to facilitate labour reduction and reduce over milking.
  2. A Mixer wagon – to deliver roughage three times per day.