DPC 54, Selection of Elevated Milking Parlors

Item #: DPC-054

Published: 2000

Pages: 23

Today, nearly one half of the time for dairy chores is spent with milking and related tasks such as assembling, cleaning and maintaining milking equipment. Effective milking, coupled with an efficient and economical combination of labor and equipment, is a high priority dairy enterprise goal. Elevated and mechanized milking parlors represent a major development in attaining such a goal.

Further improvements are certain, but these guidelines provide much useful information for selecting and constructing elevated and mechanized milking parlors. Key subject areas discussed are: basic considerations, types of milking parlors, automation and mechanization, parlor selection and design diagrams for 7 types of parlors. See Guideline 54S, Construction Material for Milking Parlors, for additional information.

DISCLAIMER: The DPC is not responsible for the use or application of the information provided in this Guideline. It is the responsibility of the user to ensure that the information addresses their needs and that any action taken complies with appropriate regulations and standards.

Table of Contents:
1. MILKING PARLOR TYPES
      SIDE OPEN MILKING PARLOR
      HERRINGBONE MILKING PARLOR
      NEW ZEALAND SWING PARLOR
      PARALLEL PARLOR
      PARALLEL/HERRINGBONE HYBRIDS
      ROTARY PARLORS
2. AUTOMATION AND MECHANIZATION
      CROWD GATES
      POWER DOOR AND GATES
      INDEXING/POSITIONING
      AUTOMATIC DETACHING UNITS
      MILK METERS AND RECORDERS
      BACK FLUSH MILKERS
      IN PARLOR UNIT WASHERS
      IN PARLOR FEEDING EQUIPMENT
      FEED GATES OR FEED BOWL COVERS
      PARLOR CLEANING
      MANURE GUTTERS WITH GRATES
      TRI-LEVEL, TUNNEL OR BASEMENT DESIGN
      ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT OPERATORS PLATFORM
      LIGHT, HEAT, VENTILATION
3. PARLOR SELECTION
      REASON FOR CONSIDERING A MILKING PARLOR
      INFORMATION REQUIRED FOR SELECTING A MILKING PARLOR
      RELATION TO FARMSTEAD AND FARM BUSINESS
      LONG RANGE PLANNING
      INFLUENCES ON PARLOR SELECTION
      ECONOMICS
4. MILKING PARLOR/HOLDING AREA SPACES
      SIDE OPENING PARLOR, ONE OR TWO RETURN LANES
      HERRINGBONE PARLOR, STANDARD EXIT, ONE RETURN LANE
      HERRINGBONE PARLOR, STANDARD EXIT, TWO RETURN LANES
      HERRINGBONE PARLOR, RAPID EXIT, TWO WIDE & MULTIPLE RETURN LANES
      PARALLEL PARLOR, STANDARD EXIT, TWO RETURN LANES
      PARALLEL PARLOR, RAPID EXIT, SINGLE FILE RETURN & EXPANDING WIDTH HOLDING AREA
      PARALLEL PARLOR, RAPID EXIT, WIDE RETURN LANES

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