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The lone milker
A few years ago, one of my regular clients for
milking machine maintenance was a farmer
who was milking about 400 cows through a 44
bale rotary platform.
By COLIN MORRISON
He had everything set us
so that it only took him
to carry out the milk-
ings -- automatic cup
removers (acr's) and an
automatic teat spray unit.
In theory he would stand over
at the cups on position and
take care of the entire
milking. If cows went around
twice, there was a chain
which stopped them backing
off as the table took them
past the exit race, when the
cups did come off, the chain
dropped at the same time, as
the cows walked down the
exit race, they stepped over a
small girder and an electronic
'eye' would release a timed shot of
teat spray in the general direction
of the udder.
However, milkings were always a
stressful time for this farmer,
because although his technology
was state of the art for the time, it
did have some problems. The acr
controls did not like water, or even
any dampness and so were quite
often unreliable, cups would not lift,
chains not release, vacuum not shut
off and all other sorts of problems.
When the cows exited, the teat
spray was a very hit and miss affair,
prone to the wind and very costly to
use due to the amount of spray
used. The farmer could never
actually get away with just himself
in the shed.
As time progressed however and
the technology improved, his vision
became true. Simple acr controls,
watertight and even disposable
have come on the market, user
friendly and simple to maintain,
some even programmable for the
different times of the year to avoid
over milkings and second let downs
etc, they are far superior to the early
equipment. The chains too have
disappeared to be replaced by arms
which are linked to the lifting rams
so that as the cups are drawn off
the arm which is hinged is lifted up
allowing the cow to exit.
Teat spray units are now fixed at
platform height near the exit point
and cows are sprayed just as they
are leaving the platform ensuring a
good application (just watch for the
effect of the excess teat spray on
that rubberware though).
As platforms have increased in size
it has often been important to have
more and more staff members in
the milking shed. Automatic cup
removers and in fact automation of
any kind will not totally do away
with staff as that farmer envisaged,
however it will ensure better cow
health with no over milking and
better udder health from correct
teat spray application.
Pastor joins Owaka
By CAROLYN DEVERSON
Preacher: Pastor Dillon Thornton with his wife, Jamie, holding Cullen, 2,
while Aidan, 4, stands at front.
Photo: CAROLYN DEVERSON 627883254
Otago University's reputation
and generosity has led a young
American pastor and his family
to lead the Owaka Grace Fellow-
Dillon Thornton, from Alabama,
is completing a PhD in biblical
studies in Dunedin and his wife,
Jamie, and two sons, Aidan and
Cullen, have relocated with him
to Port Chalmers.
He said the family was here for
at least three years for his study
and he was coming to Owaka
three times a month to preach.
His main interest was in pas-
toral care but university obliga-
tions to be available to do some
lecturing and his student visa
restrictions mean he can only do
some part-time work and is not
able to stay in Owaka.
He said the university had pro-
vided a stipend and guaranteed
him a scholarship and as the
family had wanted to visit New
Zealand and had a spirit of
adventure, they had chosen to
go overseas rather than train in
the United States, where fees
would have resulted in a high
Church elder Gavin Landreth
said the church had worked
with the Invercargill Grace
Church earlier and a pastor
came up twice a month until recently, but now Mr Thornton
would provide more continuity for the church as well as pas-
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