Don’t let your parlour milk away your profits
We are the UKs largest independent team of parlour specialists providing a milking machine testing services, fault diagnostics, servicing and unbiased practical advice to our clients so they can maximise their return on their milking assets.
Nothing works harder than your parlour
We estimate that the average milking machine clocks the same hours every year as a car driven for 90,000 miles.
Your milking system is expected to do a lot of work. Any problems can be both very costly and damaging to your business. By ensuring your parlour is working correctly you help protect your cows and maintain the highest quality product for your customers.
Faults are silent but deadly
Many of the common problems found on milking machines cannot be seen or heard by the operator – remaining undetected. Our specialist can test, diagnose and correct unseen problem. Typically, we find faults on 70% of the working parlours we test, including: –
- 42% had low claw vacuums- causing liner slippage
- 47% had poor unit placement
- 58% had mistimed ACR removal leading to over- milking and increased teat damage
- 16% had mismatched equipment
- 52% of milking staff did not follow the correct routine
Old or new: it pays to review
Increasingly, we are also finding faults on new and upgraded installations. As an independent testing service, we can assist you to ensuring your system is working, before you pay your final instalment.
By regularly maintaining your milking system, you will reduce the health risk to your cows and increase the overall efficiency of the milking process. Our specialist can also advise you on the best ways to increase efficiency of the milking process to minimise milking time and maximise yield.
Optimise the operation
Our team of specialist are trained to test and diagnose problems with any milking system. Using the latest methods of testing we will be able to insure your system is running problem free and optimised to your cows. We also offer guidance on the milking routine to optimise the balance between milking speed and protecting the udder from infections.
The testing methods we use all comply with 6690 British/ISO Standard and Farm Assured schemes. We will also insure that you have the correct certification and paperwork to comply with your milk buyer’s requirements.
A team that works for you
We have a specialist in your area that will visit your farm and give you practical guidance on improving your milking system. Every specialist is accredited by EMEA and are part of the Parlour Safe program.
Each specialist is backed by a team who can be utilised to cover any size or type of equipment. Whether you have robots, a rotary or a conventional parlour our National team of parlour specialists are on-hand every working day to keep your parlour working correctly and efficiently.
1/4 of mastitis is caused in the parlour
Minimising teat canal infection from environmental mastitis pathogens is paramount, this can be done by identifying:
- Level of risk to reverse milk flow
- Impact forces from linear slippage
- Poor cluster attachment
We provide support for full planning applications including research into planning policies, agricultural appraisals, drawings and plans.
A detailed analysis for implementing and changing livestock buildings, ancillary agricultural infrastructure – reservoirs, slurry stores and grain and machinery stores. We recognise that it is important to plan for future changes ensuring that your farm business has the correct facilities for legislative reasons or diversification opportunities.
Liaising with your builder and ensuring policy is followed prior to applying can be timely. We ensure the process will be carried out correctly saving time and money.
We can provide comprehensive, pragmatic and cost-effective advice on yards, water, slurry, silage, manure and track management and many other infrastructure-related issues. A written report will be included that emphasises recommendations, plans and maps. These can be used for Water Capital Grant Scheme applications.
A consulting service that provides you with a detailed analysis of your current waste management, including removal of waste, pesticide application, and inorganic fertiliser handling and storage.
On farm waste ranges from plastic, rubber, pallets, oil filters, material containing asbestos, pesticide and fertiliser containers to inefficient storage causing leakage into waterways and inefficient application of fertiliser and pesticides.
Ensuring you are in line with legislation can be timely and difficult to understand especially when the way you run your business is mainly determined by The Waste Management Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No. 937), therefore the need for trained BACS and FACTS qualified consultants is high.
It is important that farming is sustainable and poses no environmental or biohazard risk. We are aware that slurry production is a big issue due to high storage and spreading costs.
Advice can help to improve efficiency, reduce cost and aid better compliance with regulations. Benefit the environment and drinking water sources by reducing run-off and leaching of nutrients and other pollutants into water sources.
Mistakes where legislation is breached can be costly to farm businesses both economically and environmentally.
We will carry out a review of current management practices, evaluating the type of waste, quantity and storage costs. Followed by identifying the waste source and the current route of disposal.
We shall carry out research to see if there are any opportunities to avoid the level of waste and look at options to reduce waste by technical system changes or other management techniques.
Some of these technical and management system changes may include minimising pesticide usage, alterations on rate of application and timing of spray and timing of inorganic fertiliser application.
The main aim is to either minimise, reuse or recycle waste lowering overall costs reducing the need to purchase additional raw materials.
It is your milking routine and level of automation that will determine time milking, instead of parlour size.
Level of automation influences economic performance. We want our farmers to decrease their labour costs, boost production and improved efficiencies.
What effect does Parlour Design have on herd economic performance?
A rotary parlour recorded, on average, a positive net margin of 1.7ppl followed by herringbone at -0.5ppl and AMS at -4ppl net margin. However, across all the parlour types, the top performing herds all made a positive margin ranging from 1.6ppl with AMS to 5.4ppl with herringbone parlours.