I SEE NO POINT IN GO­ING FOR A FER­RARI IF A MORE MOD­EST MODEL WILL DO THE JOB JUST AS WELL

Irish Independent - Farming - - DAIRY FEATURE -

which is 600 milk­ings re­quir­ing a smooth flow. In lay­ing out the par­lour you want to elim­i­nate as much work as pos­si­ble be­cause with a large herd you don’t want prob­lems with the cow flow leav­ing you with more work to do.”

“There are three ar­eas that need to be looked at. The ex­ist­ing site where the par­lour is. Do you ex­pand and de­velop that site or like this farm­yard go to a dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion within the farm­yard, if that is ap­pro­pri­ate. The third con­sid­er­a­tion is go­ing to a green field, ad­ja­cent to the farm­yard or a dif­fer­ent po­si­tion,” he added.

“The first thing to do is have a look at a map of the farm and get a clear pic­ture of where the milk­ing par­lour is in re­la­tion to the farm. If you are go­ing for de­vel­op­ment within the ex­ist­ing yard or build­ings you have to be sat­is­fied that it is be­ing planned so that it re­duces work.

“You have to con­sider who you are plan­ning the par­lour for and how well will it be suited to them, your­self, your own fam­ily, a fu­ture gen­er­a­tion and will it be a nice place for some­one com­ing in to work on the farm,” he stressed.

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