The advantage of the rotary parlour is that the cow movement functions are largely automated, which allows the operators to perform tasks more directly associated with milking. Rotary parlours typically require three operators: one for prep, one for unit attachment, and one to check cows for any issues before they exit, detach units set on manual, apply post dip and tend to any problems occurring while cows are traveling around (reattach units, liner slips, etc.). This parlour type is not expandable, and the capital cost is usually higher per stall than for non-moving parlours. Because of these characteristics, rotary parlours are best suited to larger herds. One advantage of a rotary parlour is that the work routine is very regimented and uniform. Milking procedures will, in general, be much more consistent and efficient in a large rotary parlour (60 stalls) than in an equivalently sized herringbone or parallel parlour (double 30). However, it’s more difficult to provide any special cow care on a rotary platform than a stationary parlour.
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