Farmers who upgrade have now doubled their capacity
Farmers upgrading their parlours in order to expand are choosing a range of parlour systems and are typically doubling their milking capacity, according to DeLaval's midlands area manager, Seamus Goggin.
"A farmer with 10 units is going up to 20 units generally, while the man with 15 or 16 units is going to 30 units," he said.
"The main focus for farmers expanding is to move to a parlour size that matches the maximum cow numbers he can take on the land," said Mr Goggin.
"They don't want to be limited by the number of units when it comes to the post-quota era."
Depending on the farmer's own preference, they can choose a basic-style machine with a basic pig feeding system and no cluster removers or over-milking protection.
However, they can also choose to add automatic cluster removers (ACRs) or a dual-vaccum system which drops the vacuum levels on cows that are finished milking.
"The dual vaccum systems and ACRs prevent teat end damage, which leads to high cell counts," said the DeLaval agent.