“It was taking too long to milk. We were milking 20 hours a day in the other parlor and now we’re milking, at the most, nine.”
One year after installing a rotary parlor on their 700-cow farm, Rosehill Dairy is running more efficiently than ever.
Bert, Steve and Ken Tenbrinke of Lacombe, Alberta, make up the first two generations of Rosehill Dairy. They started with 250 cows in 1997, and DeLaval has accommodated every expansion along the way. After transitioning from a double-12 herringbone parlor to a DeLaval parallel rotary PR3100, employees are able to work shorter shifts and accomplish more.
One year into milking on the rotary parlor, co-owner Steve Tenbrinke says it’s going really well. The parlor is designed for fast milk let-down and milk out, and the angled stalls keep the cows moving on and off the platform easily.
“I think it’s the nicest looking rotary parlor you can buy,” says Tenbrinke. They also use farm monitoring cameras, sort gates and an usher crowd gate to help keep their cows producing at their best.
“We are always trying to make sure we have the newest stuff around,” Tenbrinke says. “To keep the kids involved and interested, we have to keep the technology up-to-date.”
Animal welfare, profitability, food safety and work efficiency must all work together for success at Rosehill Dairy. “They all add to success,” Tenbrinke says. “If you do a bad job of one of those, it won’t work. Every one of those responsibilities has to be done well.”