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Hello again does anyone have any ideas they would like to share on designs of a milking parlor , I’d like to milk the goats on one side and the cows on the other. You should find time to attend field days and open houses hosted in different dairy farms. The dairy farmers would fill barrels with milk in the morning and bring it to market on a wagon. Love this simple goat shelter with large resting bench, pallet hay feeder, & fencing covered window. Creamery Description and Cost: 384 square feet, milking parlor, milk house, and processing room. The base price for goat milk is $32 per hundredweight in the winter and $29 in the summer, not including premiums. Parlor efficiency experts recommend an entry time of seven to 12 seconds per stall to maximize cow throughput.

The existing stall barn concrete floors and curbs are almost never at the correct slope or elevation to fit into the new parlor design. To get a measure on how modernization has worked on smaller sized dairy herds in Wisconsin, UW-Extension conducted a survey in 2008 on 104 dairies that had modernized their facilities within the past 10 years. Note: Plans 2111 to 2117 are layout plans; a floor plan plus cross section, but no other structural details. Do not, he warned, expect a milking parlor to automatically increase a farm’s profitability.

The survey asked producers to identify the educational resources they used in designing their dairy modernization projects. Parallel, herringbone and rotary parlors are the three most common types of parlors. As the concrete was poured, the main posts of the parlor were set into it. Then came the task of welding together the side, front and rear panels and mounting them on the posts. For residents of Alberta, the following is a list of the current plans available. Dairy producers must meet specific requirements for bacteria counts and somatic cells (white blood cells) in milk; and they are paid a premium for high quality milk.

Parlor startup and training is a high stress activity for both the cow and the operator. In New Zealand some clarification needed farmers seeking a better life style, are milking only once per day, trading a slight reduction in production of milk for increased leisure time. For example, on a 200-cow dairy, a parlor could be sized to milk 100 cows per hour.

There are also examples of 50 point rotary parlours with two operators milking 150 cows per hour, equivalent to 75 cows/person/hour, which is no better than a 16:16 herringbone parlour with a single operator. Since the micro dairy will have a max of 15 cows (I will only have about 40 acres in pasture on this side of the road and the acreage across is a hillside that I paln to use for raising calves) I think a 3 stall herringbone design will work fine for us. During the grazing season, the mobile parlor will spend about 4-5 weeks at each station, and move to the next one. If necessary, a better design may require additional structural changes and may not add too much to the overall project cost.

However, these plans are mainly for use as planning guides, and you should check with local authorities concerning building code and building permit requirements. You bring a good point with the flat barn being used for other purposes if I quit milking or sell the farm which are reasonable considering I’m starting at 44. But starting at 44 is one reason I was looking at a parlor with a pit, to save on back strain. Rotary milking optimises the number of cows that can be milked by individual milkers and makes the most effective use of milker time.

Greater cow comfort ā€” New Sā€ rail design and sloped rear splash shields conform to the cow’s shape for greater cow comfort and operator access to the udder. They roam the fields with the goats and they do a great job of breaking down the goat manure looking for grain, so the flies don’t have a chance to lay eggs on them,ā€ she says. We are very proud that a Milkline parlor has been chosen by the owners of this unique farm.