Confused at the variety of milking parlours out there? Here's what to look out for
Although the herringbone is the most popular milking parlour type used in Ireland, there is a range of other designs. These include the double-up unit, rotary parlour and the robotic milking machine. Here we have a look at the various options on the market.
In this situation there is a cluster for each cow space. There will be a milk line on each side of the parlour. This type of parlour is rare in Ireland but may have a role where existing facilities have restricted space for expansion. Generally in Ireland, it is put in as a midi line rather than a low line. Cluster removers are a requirement with this type of machine.
These systems should be considered where herd size exceeds 250 cows. Size can vary from 40 to 100 units. One operator can manage a very large number of units so capacity is high.
Cows enter and exit one at a time rather than in groups as with other systems.
It is impossible to expand once the system is in place. However, rotaries have the potential to milk several hundred cows by extending the milking time.
Main points to consider: