We are finally set-up with a bucket milker, which has cut milking time down significantly. But as we have more cows freshening in and a number of milkers we need to bring home from another farm, milking one cow at a time just isn't practical. We need a set-up where we can milk multiple cows. We need a parlor.
We have been searching for a parlor for a few weeks now. New parlors are cost prohibitive and older parlors are still expensive and aren't quite what we want. Since we can't find the parlor we want, we decided to build it.
We are building a fairly simple parlor. We want the cows to be able to walk in, get milked, and walk out. We want to the cows to be comfortable and minimize the amount of time they spend standing in the parlor. We want to minimize the wear-and-tear on our bodies. We decided to build a simple parabone parlor. For now now we will clean the milking units in the wash vat in the milk house.
We are building this parlor with the future in mind and trying to make it as adaptable as we can to future situations that we can just barely imagine now. We hope we will be happy with this simple parlor and we cannot wait to start milking in it!!