The dairy goat industry in China is expanding and milk processors are moving to support their farmers so they can secure a reliable supply of milk. That’s the case for the Shengjiang Group, which processes milk for the Zhengbang Group, near Hohhot in Northern China.
Zhengbang operates twin, 90-bail Optima External Goat Rotary parlours, manufactured by Waikato Milking Systems and installed in 2020.
The twin goat rotary parlours, built side by side in the same building, are thought to be the first of their kind in the world. The farm manager of the property said the new Waikato Milking Systems equipment is efficient, and the vacuum is stable.
“After two weeks of operation of the first rotary, it now takes less than one hour to milk 500 goats, compared to half a day, using a small two-point milking cart machine, to process the same number of animals.”
When the twin rotary systems are fully operational, they will be milking 4500 goats each, throughput will be 800 animals per hour, for each system.
Shengjiang Group also commissioned five, 60-bail Optima External Goat Rotary parlours on other farm properties near Hohhot. As herd numbers increase, each of the 60-bail parlours will milk 3000 goats and put through 550 animals per hour.
A second twin rotary installation was also completed this year for Weihe Farming west of Gansu. These are 100-bail systems which will milk 5000 goats each, with a throughput of 900 animals per hour.
Another two, 80-bail rotary systems will be installed in the South of China this year for other customers.
Waikato Milking Systems Country Manager - China, David Morris, said most of the new external goat rotary systems will operate at 50 per cent capacity in the first year until the herd numbers increase.
He said nine of the 11 parlours will be optioned with the highest specifications to increase efficiency and reduce labour requirements.
It included automatic cluster arm positioning to make cupping the animals faster with less operator fatigue, as well as automatic drafting to quickly sort the goats post milking.
Each rotary is installed with Waikato Milking Systems’ NaviGate Dairy Management System.
David said New Zealand’s reputation as a leader in agricultural technology, and Waikato Milking Systems reputation for designing quality products, proved to be a major attraction for dairy farmers and producers in China.