DEC Scan Journal : Volume 36 Issue 1
2017 Volume 36, Issue 1 54 How and why is robotic milking changing dairy farming? Dairy Farming Into the Future Curriculum springboard Agriculture. Food Technology. Stages 5-6. Years 9-12 Outcomes: Agriculture Stage 6 HSC: Elective 3 – Farming for the 21st Century Students learn: • about innovation, ethics and current issues: developments in agricultural technologies • to evaluate a range of new technological developments that may assist agricultural industries including robotics, eg milking, shearing and machinery • about managing processes in agricultural systems: adopting a technological development. For ONE recent technological development, students learn to: – explain the reasons for the development of the technology – outline the historical development of the technology – describe in detail the technological development – evaluate the impact of the technological development in terms of: economic, environmental, social, legal and managerial factors. HSC: Farm Product Study – Agricultural Technology Students learn: • about the impact scientific research and associated technology has had on agricultural production • to outline the importance of ongoing research related to agricultural industries • to describe recent technologies and their impact on agricultural production/marketing. Preliminary: Animal Production – Technology Students learn: • about the use of technologies in producing animal products within animal welfare guidelines • to research and describe a current technology in animal production or marketing. Agriculture Stage 6 Syllabus Food Technology Stage 6 HSC – The Australian Food Industry Students learn: • about emerging technologies in food production, manufacturing and packaging • to investigate an emerging technology in ONE sector of the Australian food industry. Food Technology Stage 6 Syllabus Agricultural Technology 7–10 Core B: 5.4.1 • Students learn about the application of current and emerging technologies to agricultural enterprises. Agricultural Technology Years 7-10 Syllabus Review: Dairy Farming Into the Future [videorecording] ABSTRACT Robots milking cows is a recent technological development which will have a significant impact on the dairy industry. In this free video resource, information is presented by a current leader in the development of this innovative technology. The video footage provides a detailed view of the way the robotic dairy operates during the milking process, and is supported by a clear verbal explanation. The economic, managerial, environmental and social factors which drive this change in production methods are discussed simply and clearly. Animal welfare considerations are also outlined. This video is the first and most detailed in a suite of six online videos produced by the NSW Department of Education which explain aspects of robotic dairying. This series would be particularly useful for students and teachers studying the Stage 6 Agriculture elective, ‘Farming for the 21st Century’, and may also have some relevance in the HSC topic, ‘Farm Product Study’, as well as the Preliminary course. USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 KLA: TAS SYLLABUS: Agricultural Technology 7-10; Agriculture Stage 6; Food Technology Stage 6 PUBLISHER: NSW Department of Education, NSW REVIEW DATE: 13/01/2017 [636.2] SCIS 1788762 *1788762* Teaching and learning opportunities: • Discuss the factors which might lead a dairy farmer to install a robotic dairy • Watch Dairy Farming Into the Future and the other 5 short YouTube videos in the series. This could be supplemented with videos available on the Future Dairy website • Students respond to the videos by describing the operation of a robotic dairy • Read case studies of farms which have adopted robotic dairies from Future Dairy or the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture • Research the economic, environmental, social, legal and managerial factors associated with robotic milking from Dairy Australia, Future Dairy, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture and NSW Department of Primary Industries • evaluate the impact of robotic dairies in terms of: economic, environmental, social, legal and managerial factors.
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