Josh and Sam Clark started helping their mother Nathalie Clark in managing the dairy farm 18 years ago. In the beginning, they were milking 330 cows with a conventional milking system. In November 2017, together with their mother, they decided to install the Lely Astronaut A5 system to take the farm to the next level, and to improve their lifestyle.Thanks to the Automatic Milking System, they have achieved more flexibility and it has reduced their labor requirement. With the previous system, Sam and Josh were spending 11 hours per day on the farm along with 4 full-time and 2 casual workers to do the dairy tasks, however, with the new system they are doing the dairy tasks by themselves in just 3.5 hours per day.
Transition from old dairy to New AMS dairy
The Clark family installed the Lely Astronaut A5 on their Fiander-Moor farm in Mt Gambier back in 2018 and they are very happy with the system. “The transition from the old dairy to the new dairy was surprisingly good and surprisingly quick" says Sam. Because we're pasture based system the cows used to coming and going. The only difference was teaching them or allowing them to learn themselves to come anytime of the day or night when they feel like it. Which they certainly do now and they took to it amazingly well.