Getting geared up for milk surge when quotas are abolished in 2015
More than 60pc of dairy farmers surveyed by the Farming Independent at the Ploughing Championships recently said they intended to increase milk production after quotas are abolished in 2015.
Almost half of the 212 farmers questioned intend to expand by up to 20pc, while a further 39pc intend to increase milk production by 21-50pc.
Some 11pc of those surveyed intend to increase milk output by 51-100pc.
Many farmers intending to expand will now be assessing their farm infrastructure in order to make sure they can cope with higher cow numbers and milk production.
Teagasc dairy expert John Donworth and farm buildings guru Tom Ryan have compiled some useful advice for farmers who want to assess their milking parlours in the Teagasc dairy manual.
Writing about milking facilities, the pair advise expanding dairy farmers to assess their current milking facility.
"An existing parlour may have potential for expansion but a parlour in poor condition might need to be replaced," says Tom Ryan.
He highlights the following situations where a new milking parlour could be a more economic and productive solution than an extension of an existing parlour: