parlor design

September 26, 2011

videos

Parlor Routine Training

Milk parlor trial-and-error verses a well planned training program for staff.

Cow Acclimation

Introducing the herd to a new milking facility.

Training Staff for Crowd Gate Management

How to train the humans in proper crowd gate etiquette to reduce frustration during cow entry and exit.

Crowd Gate Management

Techniques to avoid overcrowding and maintain good cow flow at the gate.

Entering and Exiting the Milking Site

How quiet vocal and gentle physical encouragement is more effective for cows entering and exiting the milking site.

Methods of Cow Prep and the Effect of Prep Lag Time

Milk prep processing and timing, the importance of prep lag time and methods of prep sequencing.

Preventing Milk Flow Stallout

Evaluation of teat ends to avoid damage due to overmilking.

papers

Planning and Starting a New Milking Parlor: Software to Estimate Milking Center Costs and Performance

D.J. Reinemann et al. Milking Research and Instruction Lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006.
Tool to be used as a decision aid to choose the size of a new parlor and the type of equipment to be installed.

Milk Center Advisor: Labor and Capital Analysis

D.J. Reinemann et al., Milking Research and Instruction Lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006.
Excel spreadsheet to estimate milking center costs and performances.

Top Ten Milking Parlor Planning Do’s and Don’ts: With Emphasis on Retrofits and “Low Cost” Applications

D.J. Reinemann, Milking Research and Instruction Lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005.
Outlines parlor design steps and ways to reduce parlor costs.

Water Supply and Distribution

D.J. Reinemann, Milking Research and Instruction Lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004.
A carefully developed plan for water use, reuse and disposal will result in significant savings in water use, well and pumping costs and treatment and disposal system costs.

Milking Parlor Types

D.J. Reinemann, Milking Research and Instruction Lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2003.
Aids in the decision about what type and size of milking parlor for a dairy farm are needed.

Milking Center Options

D.J. Reinemann, Milking Research and Instruction Lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002.
Presents options for milking facilities to maximize profitability for expanding dairy
operations in the Midwest and keep them competitive with dairy producers in other parts of the country and world.

Milking Facilities for the Expanding Dairy

D.J. Reinemann, Department of Agricultural Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1995.
Provides information regarding the relative costs of capital versus labor as an aid in the parlor selection process.

Automated Flat Parlors: A Cost-Effective Method to Improve Labor Efficiency for Small Dairy Herds

J.P. Chastain and D.J. Reinemann, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1995.
Describes the major types of flat parlors that are being used in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Layouts and Components for Modern Milking Center

R.E. Graves and D.J. Reinemann, ASAE, 1994.
Describes the function and relationship of the major components of a milking center for a modern dairy farm.

Flat-Barn Milking Systems

Reinemann, D.J., Bolton, H.K. and B.J. Holmes, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1993.
Presents design and planning considerations for a stall-barn to flat-barn renovation.