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John Alvis, RABDF president, (left) hands James Duke, ADF Milking, the cup with Mark Roach, RABDF council member.

ADF Milking wins top award at Dairy Event and Livestock Show

The revolutionary, automated teat dipping and flushing system (ADF) has won the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmer’s Livestock Machinery and Equipment Award at this year’s Dairy Event and Livestock Show. This award is given to the equipment manufacturer whose product is judged to offer the most significant economic impact to the livestock industry.

At the award presentation Mark Roach on behalf of the judging panel stated “the quality of finalists this year was high, the winner not only benefits herd health but also offers significant labour savings, the decision to award ADF Milking was unanimous”.

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The ADF system, which also won the prestigious Prince Philip award when it was launched at the 2005 Dairy Event, is now very popular with hundreds of dairy farmers in the UK and is increasingly being exported across the world because of the many benefits it has been shown to deliver. In 2010 ADF users will have enjoyed the advantages the system brings to more than 50 million milkings.

Studies carried out by Ian Ohnstad of The Dairy Group have demonstrated significant savings in labour costs, while the health benefits of ADF include fewer cases of mastitis and lower somatic cell counts. Precise and timely delivery of teat dip leads to more efficient use of teat dip chemicals, and because the throughput of the dairy parlour is increased labour and energy consumption is reduced.

The ADF system has a unique and patented mode of action. At the end of milking a calibrated dose of teat spray is delivered into the head of each liner, automatically covering the entire teat as the cluster is removed. Once the teat-cups are removed, they are all rinsed by blasting a sanitised water solution around the liner creating a scrubbing action. This is repeated six times in quick succession after every cow, ensuring that liners are properly sanitised for the next cow.

James Duke, director of ADF Milking, says: “The ADF system has become very popular with dairy farmers looking to improve the health of their herd and the quality of milk they produce. Farmers who have installed the system are benefiting financially due to improved herd health, reduced labour, energy and chemical costs.”

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