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GJL 447981 1 Astridge Farm open day July 10th 2007 either
Astridge Farm open day July 10th 2007
There was an open day recently at Astridge farm, Tenby,West Wales,U.K.The recently completed state of the art dairy unit housed 450 cows milked three times a day.
This picture shows the dairy which contains a 50 stall Dairymaster rotary parlour.The nearest silo stores the milk,the middle two the parlour feed and the far two the water for flushing the cubicles/collecting areas
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The 50 stall Dairymaster rotary parlour with washing pipe connected.
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Cow exit.Cows exit milking four stalls wide.
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Cow exit.
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View from centre of parlour showing 'swivel' unit to take vacuum/milk/power from platform and subway that goes under the parlour and to either side of the cow entry/exit
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Milk receiver with two variable output milk pumps at bottom.At the top are three of the fifty milk meters that measure the milk each cow produces.
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View from collecting yard towards parlour.
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View from gallery above.
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This view shows the side the operator attaches the clusters at the start of milking.To the left is the office that contains the computer equipment
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Plan of the dairy unit showing cubicle / feed area below parlour building
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Cows feeding.All the passages are cleaned with a flush system.
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This picture shows the main cubicle house.The cows lie on sand bedded European comfort cubicles.The many rooflights and spaces between each roof sheet provided excellent ventilation and a good deal of natural light.
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Feed passage.
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Cows at grass by water trough.
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Slurry separator.The flushed passageways and parlour washings are directed into a lagoon where this equipment separates the liquid fraction from the solid.The liquid is then pumped back up to the two big flushing towers by the milking parlour to clean the yards the next time.
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nice pıc. ;-)
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nice pıcs. ;-)
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cracking set of pics. what sort of staff does this setup take to run?
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A very detailed & interesting thread, well done :-)
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Nice potos GJL!
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Thanks for comments.
I missed seeing the milking taking place but i think,as well as the farm owner the staff consisted of a herd manager,an assistant and possibly a few other people that just attatched the clusters etc.in the parlour.
Another interesting aspect i didn't capture on camera was the automatic calf feeder that was feeding two groups of hereford cross calves.The machine used whole milk piped directly from the dump line on the parlour with all 50 or so calves wearing a transponder that regulated the amount of milk each calf could consume in one day.
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