WATCH: Milking 1,800 goats


John Harman milks 1,800 goats through a 120-unit Dairymaster Swiftflo goat rotary.

He purchased this parlour with a view to running a sustainable family enterprise “with as little help as possible help from the outside”.

“If as a family, you are milking 10 hours per day, there is always one family member or in our case, very often two members, that are busy in the parlour.”

“We are able to do a milking under 2 hours - there is a whole lot of family time to spare.” the farmer added.

Features

Harman believes that the most unique feature of a Dairymaster parlour is the way the cluster is presented. “A new goat arrives in front of you and the cluster is there.” he added.

“Generally, to milk over 1,000 goats/hour, we need 3.6-seconds per attachment; we only need about 2-seconds to attach a cluster and then we are ready for the next goat.”

As a rule, John still “briefly inspects” his animals up to twice daily to maintain their health.

“Every day we are so happy that we chose 120-units – a lot of goat farmers think that’s a bit too much but with a good rotation speed, throughput improved massively.” he concluded.

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