"With a Dairymaster parlour, the job of milking cows has become a more enjoyable and simpler chore."

    Gary Burley


    The Ultimate in Cow Control!

    Gary and Betty Burley farm in Warsaw, New York in the United States. They run 427 cows on their 500 acres of pasture as well as 400 acres of hay meadows. The Burleys have a mixed herd of both Holstein and Jersey crossed cows. Two operators milk the herd in two hours using a 40-unit Dairymaster parlour. The cows are not fed in the parlour but do receive water in their troughs.

    When the Burleys decided to install a new parlour they made a decisive effort to view all their options and even went as far as South Africa to see a Dairymaster Parlour in operation. Later Gary wrote an article for Hoard's Dairyman: "My objective was to milk in the swing-40 we visited, they could milk 280 cows in an hour. They had previously milked in a side opener double-4 parlour, which took four to five hours to milk the same number of cows. Compared to the cost of the fully automated parlours in the U.S., the swing-40 is very economical and has high outputs for very low capital inputs. We also visited and milked in a swing-24 where they milked 180 cows. They were milked in an hour, and the parlour looked like it had never been milked in when we finished: it was so clean. Cow flow was very smooth; and didn't mind standing there being milked. Again, teat ends were immaculate, and there was little or no liner slip."

    He does not regret his choice and says, "with a Dairymaster parlour, the job of milking cows has become a more enjoyable and simpler chore." and particularly liked "the performance of the claw, no slippage or fall off, teat end and health, ease of maintenance of the system."

    It is obvious that Gary and Betty want the best for their cows and when economically viable they usually get it, indeed they plan to install a further 20 unit swing over parlour.

    We asked Gary to list the main advantages he saw in Dairymaster's unique sequential bailing system and he advised "each cow has her own individual space while being milked, the cows are comfortable and content and in some instances, chew the cud while being milked. This is even more important late in lactation when cows are heavy in calf. The bailing organises the cows as they come into the parlour.  It eliminates bunching and gaps between cows, thus reducing time spent lining up cows for milking. It also prevents new heifers from trying to turn around while being milked and reduces stress in the parlour so that the people milking do a better job and pay attention to detail".