Parlour Systems



Cows stand on an elevated platform at a 90-degree angle facing away from the operator area. Access to the udder is from behind between the rear legs which can reduce visibility of the front quarters, but provides easy access to the udder and cows cannot kick. This configuration makes the walking distance for the operator shorter than in a herringbone parlour, but the cow platform is wider to accommodate the length of the cow. Stall fronts use chutes or small gates to position each cow. To assure that each position is filled in order, a series of interlocking fronts prevent a position from being used until the one next to it has been occupied. Most parallel parlours use rapid exit stall fronts and dual return lanes.

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