October 3, 2017 – The industry’s high-capacity milking workhorse recently rounded the corner on a major milestone when DeLaval North America installed its 100th DeLaval PR3100HD rotary in the US earlier this summer.
The majority of the installations occurred in the last six years, which is a testament to the gaining popularity of rotary milking as well the quality and dependability of DeLaval’s best-selling rotary solution.
Solberg Dairy in Elk Mound, Wis. received the 100th rotary after owners Kurt and Larry Solberg agreed to upgrade their double-8 DeLaval herringbone parlor with a 32-stall PR3100HD. The family was looking to efficiently expand their operation with a milking solution that could eventually be partly automated with a DeLaval teat spray robot (TSR).
“The biggest benefit to the rotary is the speed of it,” says Kurt Solberg. “Close behind that would be cow comfort and employee comfort. It just works.”
The Solbergs expanded their herd to 500 cows after installing the rotary and now milk three times a day. According to Kurt, milking in the old parlor used to take seven and a half hours. Now it takes just four. “I’ve cut milking time by about three hours, but I’ve added about 100 cows. My employees think it’s a lot easier, too.” He adds, “It’s comfortable and quiet – the cows like it.”
Rotary systems are one of the most efficient milking systems on the market today, and DeLaval is proud to lead the industry in the number of rotary installations in the United States. DeLaval rotaries are designed to encourage fast milk let down and milk-out, easy platform entrance and exit, and improved milker comfort.
“The PR3100HD is designed for high-capacity milking where productivity is key and downtime is kept to a bare minimum,” says Gavin Strang, DeLaval Market Development and Sales Support Manager for Capital Equipment. “We’re beyond excited about reaching this milestone within a decade’s time, but this certainly wouldn’t have been possible without the trust of our customers and our network of knowledgeable and dedicated dealers.”
About DeLaval Rotaries
DeLaval rotary systems feature high-capacity milking, high-quality and heavy-duty materials, and low operating costs. The company started offering this type of milking solution in the 1920s, but their popularity didn’t take off until around 2009 when the PR3100HD proved to be a cost-effective, robust solution for progressive dairy producers. Learn more about DeLaval parallel rotary PR3100HD here.