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     Parlour

    What We Do...

    The cows are milked twice a day through a 40-point GEA external rotary parlour. The parlour has auto ID which is linked to dairy plan in the office. Milking takes place at 04:00-08:00 and 14:30-17:30 every day. Three people are milking and one person is cleaning yards and moving cows.

    The Process...

    The cows enter the parlour and are identified via a leg transponder, the cows teats are then pre dipped with a disinfectant foam and wiped with a microfibre cloth, then her milk is checked. Afterwards, the milking unit is attached, which takes 90 seconds from her being dipped to being milked. Once milked the automatic cluster removal system removes the unit from her and she can be checked over before having a post dip, which is a vital product to protect the teats from bacteria that can spread during milking. Then she leaves the parlour.

    Any cow with milk that is not fit for human consumption has a dump bucket attached to the cluster where the milk can be diverted to the bucket and disposed of seperately to milk that is collected for the food chain. After milking the parlour is washed clean and a hot wash is put through the system which disinfects the milking line and clusters.

    Why We Do It...

    The milk is sold to Muller on a contract and is collected every day. We receive a daily milk quality check from National Milk Records (NMR), so we can keep a close tab on milk constituents and its quality. It is important to produce milk at the best standards as we are paid bonuses for achieving this and will incorporate deductions for poor quality milk. As part of the milk contract we must also predict milk volumes on a 15 month rolling basis, so the information we receive from NMR is vital to forecast our potential.

    Where we go from here...

    We are looking to change from a twice a day milking system to three times a day in early 2024. We will ensure you are kept up to date on this!

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