Bucket milking machines milk buffaloes faster and cleaner than hand milking. One unit can milk up to eight buffaloes per hour; one milker may be able to handle up to four units at a time.
For larger herds, it can be more efficient to install a pipeline to transport milk directly to the bulk cooler in the milk room. This allows the milk cluster to be moved faster and more easily, without distracting the animals. The buffaloes can be tied up at a feeding table during milking, and may be shifted in batches. Ten buffaloes can be milked per hour with one cluster; one milker may manage four units at the same time.
In parlour systems, buffaloes stand on an elevated floor for milking, which eases the milker’s workload.
DeLaval supplies buffalo specific tandem and herringbone parlours. These parlours can be fitted with additional equipment to optimize efficient milking.