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Milking Robots out, Swing over milking parlour in for dutch dairy farmer!

January 4, 2020

I am Joost van Eert. We have a dairy farm
and an arable farm here in Steenbergen in the Netherlands. Firstly, I have always loved to milk. Milking is nice. You get to check all your
cows together. Control of the cows is good and you can assess
their appearance. So milking is something I like to do, I don’t
mind it at all. The milking process runs smoothly so you are
only busy for a limited time. 180 cows are milked and the parlour is cleaned
out within 1.5 hours. It’s an easily managed time frame and after
that milking is finished for the day. This enables you to use the rest of the day
more efficiently to monitor your cows, or to work out on the field… This is what gives us time… the system works so well. We have an extra milker who milks for us when we are not around and it’s easy to hand over responsibility. He knows the milking process and knows exactly what to do because it is a system that works
for everyone. Cow identification works well too so there’s
no errors while operating. No malfunctions… no awkward problems… You can leave with the family for a day without concerns. If you want to do something fun, someone else can milk for you and
you don’t have to be worried about your cows for the day – they are well taken care
of. That was not the case previously. Originally we intended to milk with robots. We had to make the difficult decision to sell the robots and switch back to traditional milking. We chose the Dairymaster parlour and have been happily milking for the last 2 years. Nowadays our schedule is easier to plan. Routines are tighter. It’s like… this is what we’ll do in the
morning… that job in the diary… finished.’ Now we can focus on the next job. If you’re growing your herd you need the ability to develop a well organised, tight working schedule, and perform a lot more in a shorter time frame to make your business more profitable. We chose our milking parlour with the growth of our herd in mind but you might say “I only want to milk 100-120 cows,” then most people go for 2 robots. But if you opt for a Swing Over of any decent
size… then milking is finished within the hour. Efficiency, working speed, udder health, milking
process quality are all very important to me and for me…yes, I am very satisfied. If I had to go through the whole process again
I would buy exactly the same parlour. If I were to upscale I might even consider one of your revolver rotary parlours also a wonderful system! For someone thinking, ‘How do I want to milk?’ that person should consider the investment. This parlour costs a bit because we added many extra features, high quality finish and so on… but the annual cost is way less compared to our previous system. It may be a large investment but because of
lower maintenance costs and because we can produce more litres of milk per hour the efficiency of the parlour is actually very high. You get higher capacity with it. You could even run the parlour 20 hours per
day and milk way more cows. The only added cost would be labour.
If I want to milk 30 more cows, or 26 more, it is only one more round of milking…
about 10 more minutes. So this allows flexibility to up or down-scale. I expect to get 20 to 30 years service from this parlour. It should easily last a full generation of farming. Maybe you would need to renew the pulsators from time to time but the steel base… that never wears out. You can see that when you look at the amount
of steel that goes into it. I looked at the packing slip when they came
to install the parlour and I was thinking by myself, ‘Gosh… that much
steel in a parlour! How will it fit?’ But it’s just so well made – there’s a lot
of stainless steel in the pipe work and overall design. Of course, there is a cost to that – it’s an investment! But we’re never afraid to invest in good quality once it means that annual costs can be reduced and kept low. That’s the big advantage to me, especially
for parts and annual maintenance. Of course there’s maintenance and you have
to pay but with Dairymaster a small part or a rubber
ring will only cost you a few euros. There’s examples of other manufacturers
that would charge you 80 euro for that ring. I think to myself, ‘What’s that all about?’ Just invest a little more at first and then pay maintenance for it’s real value. But this… the parlour and how it’s constructed… A generation…that’s how long it should easily last.


  • Reply Jett Easterbrook September 4, 2017 at 9:49 am

    How many units in the parlour? Please answer back

  • Reply tullowfarmer1997 November 7, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    How many cows is this farm milking?

  • Reply jimmyjoe119 May 12, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Looks like a nice parlour……may you have many happy years with it.

  • Reply Casekoei November 2, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Many times, on these big farms parlours fit in better than robots. You only need to be healthy or hire a milker.

  • Reply Christian Gierach January 14, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    ok cool u have a parlour. but robots are still better cause u can leave them unattended during busy times you dont have to be there 2 or 3 times a day 365 days a year. the robots work if you arent there, also there is labor which is impossible to find.

  • Reply John Coughlan July 20, 2019 at 5:56 am

    What a load of bull. Typical dairy master. Because they haven’t a clue of robots.

  • Reply Chris Bennett October 10, 2019 at 3:45 am

    Nice set ☝

  • Reply GreekAutomations October 11, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    2:55 is the sanitary trap full of milk or i am not seeing correct?

  • Reply yakyakyak69 November 18, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    Maybe he likes to be crapped on?

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