Considerations for setting up a new milking parlour : Part 2

Considerations for setting up a new milking parlour : Part 2

In our previous article, we listed down a few considerations to set up a milk parlour. Here are some more that will help you decide on taking the next step.


Milking the cows involve human engagement and thus it is important to know how many people either from family or outsourced are available to do the job. On an average, one person can milk 24 cows in a non-swing herringbone parlour and up to 18 in a swing herringbone one. Two people have to be involved if the numbers are more. A Dairymaster Swiftflo Rotary is designed such that it can milk up to 100 cows every 10 minutes and this can be carried out with a single operator. Dairymaster Swiftflo Rotary certainly saves time and labour resources.

Performance enhancement:

Are all hygienic measures taken to enhance the efficiency of a herd’s milking performance? Because the vacuum profile plays a significant role in determining a herd’s milking performance both in terms of quality and quantity. Natural way is the best way of milking and the Dairymaster milking machine’s vacuum follows the same. In a Dairymaster milking system, when the liner is open, there is high stable milking vacuum which applies a low vacuum in the rest phase and all four teats are rested together which results in having cows undergoing less stress. Scientific research has also supported the efficiency of the Dairymaster milking system as it maximises milk out by a unique combination of the claw, liner and pulsation system. A recent trial proved that the Dairymaster cluster yielded 5% extra as compared to its competitors.

Cow and Operator Safety:

Safety of cows is the need of an hour and thus they need to be segregated depending upon their health. Sorting cows with an efficient two-way or three-way drafting system is suggested as it is not only safer and will save time, but it will also avoid the repercussions of sorting them manually.

Dairymaster Integrated AutoDrafting is a cow sorting system which is incomparable in terms of both performance and build quality. Swiftflo Commander touchpad is pre-programmed before milking on the parlour either by the parlour computer or a phone using Farm Messenger. So technically, the route for individual cows to exit can be selected before the process even gets started.

There is also a common concern about cows taking too long waiting for being milked which slows down the process. They should be spending least time in a yard or else get  prone  to lameness, produce more manure and have less time for gazing. Setting up some extra milking units or moving to a more suitable parlour type can easily avoid this issue and fasten the process.

Contact the Dairymaster team to know more about the best type of parlour for you, your cows and your farm.


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