An economic evaluation of automatic cluster removers as a labour saving device for dairy farm businesses
Automatic cluster removers (ACRs) are a popular device used for reducing labour requirements and improving conditions for workers and cows in the milking shed. An economic analysis was conducted on a range of milking sheds and herd sizes to determine whether the costs associated with the installation of ACRs can be justified on the value of the saved labour alone. The analysis suggested that the technology could be a good investment in many Australian dairies, with a nominal internal rate of return (IRR) of up to 75%. The performance of the investment was dependant on being able to remove labour from the dairy after the installation of the devices. As the potential to make labour savings generally increases with shed and herd size, returns on investment also increased with these two factors. While the cash labour savings are a major attraction to the adoption of new technologies, there are a number of costs and benefits that are difficult to quantify, but are important when considering an investment. These include herd health, occupational health and safety, worker comfort, and managerial control of the dairy shed.
When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:ags:afbmau:131752. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (AgEcon Search)
If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.
If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.
If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.
Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.