A new automated milk sensor from New Zealand – that allows Irish farmers to get live milking results within two minutes of cupping a cow – is one new innovation on show from LIC Automation at the ‘Ploughing’ this week.

Dubbed ‘Saber Milk’, the sensor allows real-time results for yield, fat, protein, lactose and conductivity, as well as plant performance monitoring.

The New Zealand company – which aims to increase farmers’ prosperity through productivity – also announced a release of Saber Heat, which uses new camera-based technology, rather than a traditional collar, at this year’s National Ploughing Championships.

Chris Murphy, country manager for Ireland and the UK commented on the event, saying: “Saber Heat combines a very low running cost with a very high level of accuracy.

“Following a successful presence at the 2016 National Ploughing Championships, including the launch of the Saber farm automation brand, we are looking forward to further building on partnerships with Irish farmers at this year’s National Ploughing Championships,” he said.

Along with the launch of Saber Draft and Saber Heat, LIC Automation also announced a forthcoming release of a range of new products to support Irish farmers with world-leading dairy technology.

This range includes:
  • Saber Milk Fat/Protein/Yield – to measure milk solids from every cow;
  • Saber ID, the latest in ID technology for rotary and herringbone parlours;
  • Saber Herd, an “innovative” animal management system which allows for full herd recording;
  • Saber Feed, an in-parlour feed management system controlled by Saber ID.

Visitors to the LIC Automation stand at this year’s ploughing will will be able to see the sensor technology used in LIC Automation Saber Draft, Saber Heat and Saber SCC first hand.

Farmers can also purchase the products via O’Donovan Engineering in Cork, according to the company.

LIC Automation can be found at the New Zealand Pavilion, located at stand 268, Row 11, Block 3 at the National Ploughing Championships this Tuesday-Thursday, September 19-21, in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.