Parlour Option

Which parlour to milk 200 cows an hour

  • 32/64 with feeders

    Votes: 17 23.9%
  • 32/64 with basic fast exit

    Votes: 8 11.3%
  • 50/60 point rotary.

    Votes: 46 64.8%

  • Total voters


At least x6 40/40 rapid exits gone in locally,I haven’t heard a bad word about them,herds from 250/450,personally I’m not a fan of a cow disappearing off a rotary not being milked out,with manual spraying you see every cow after they’ve been milked.

Real cool

O the same Boxing Day had a call motor had gone on the turntable on a rotary ,got the motor out there turntable turning fine on one motor
What would you think better. parlour of the two

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Correct I’ve never seen it done
A lot of people slag off Dairymaster but to be fair they have their faults but it does do what it says on the tin.
That rotary had two drive units on it and it drove on one unit
1800 cows three times a day

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Like most parlours if you keep it well serviced it will treat you well
I went to test a parlour one day and the vacuum pump was pulling half what it should cows mangers were shot cake being fed on the floor
Chap wondered why I wouldn’t pass it
Every moans about red tractor but it is there for a reason


We are just about to (she says, having been told “3 weeks away” for at least the last 3 months) start milking through a 60pt rotary from a 27:54 herringbone (previously 22:44 but extended 5 years ago due to numbers). We milk 700 and milking is an absolute marathon not to mention the length of the pit being an absolute killer when you’ve walked up and down it a few hundred times. Should probably have gone for a larger rotary for our cow numbers, but the extra cost and the extra requirement for staff didn’t make for the most economical picture. Should make milking much more bearable and still only need the 3 (with extras as and when they can be bothered). We considered all sorts from almost everyone but none really added up speed/cost wise in comparison with the Pearson rotary.
How many cows do you guys need to make a decent living? Why not keep half as many and enjoy the job and life.


Mixed Farmer
North West
How many cows do you guys need to make a decent living? Why not keep half as many and enjoy the job and life.

At least 400 at £800 profit per cow in an average year. That pays school fees, university tuition, at home care for the parents, enough staff so I can do what I want when I want and buys the farm.

Now out of my way I’m trying to take the over Cheshire.

Is Red tractor detrimental to your mental health?

  • Yes, Red tractor increase my stress and anxiety

    Votes: 293 97.7%
  • No, Red tractor gives me peace of mind that the product I produce is safe to enter the food chain

    Votes: 7 2.3%

HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...