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Designing and building a New Zealand-style milking parlor

Posted July 1997

  • What features make New Zealand-style swing-over parlors so attractive to some dairy farmers?
  • What decisions might a farm family face in adding one of these parlors to their operation?
  • How is it possible to build a New Zealand-style parlor from scratch or retrofit an existing building?
  • What are the costs and challenges, and are these parlors for everybody?

Join CIAS for an informal video tour with Wisconsin families who asked and answered these questions in building a New Zealand-style parlor.

The 22-minute video takes you to the Saxon Homestead Farm in Manitowoc County and the Gilbert Farm in Door County. New Zealand consultants Ian Singers and UW-Madison ag engineer Dave Kammel share what they know about designing and building New Zealand-style parlors–from holding area to exit chute.

Available in both VHS and DVD formats, the video comes with a copy of Dave Kammel’s 20-page publication on swing-over parlors, widely seen as a definitive, accessible summary of these parlors.

To order: Enclose $10.95 per copy (the price is the same for VHS and DVD, and includes shipping and handling) made payable to UW-Madison – CIAS. Mail to:

Center for Integrated Ag Systems
1535 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-5200
FAX: (608) 265-3020

Please include a note that tells us you are ordering the milking parlor video, and if you’d like DVD or VHS. Let us know how many copies you want and the address you want them sent to.