‘Low-cost’ is not the same as ‘cheap’ when converting an existing building into a milking center. Careful planning and attention to detail are essential for creating a safe and productive milking environment for cows and employees.
Dr. Doug Reinemann, Professor, Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, proposes these 10 do’s and don’ts for planning a milking parlor, especially for ‘retrofit’ and ‘low-cost’ alternatives:
- Know how much you can spend.
- Let the installer design the milking system.
- Don’t overestimate the value of old equipment.
- Get the building right.
- Plan the building, stalls and holding area for good cow flow.
- Rewire if you remodel.
- Put in good quality, energy-efficient lights.
- Invest in energy saving technology.
- Make sure floors drain well.
- Install good ventilation.