Today is the first day the cows will be milked in the new parlor. Everyone just chased the cows from this barn to the old collective barn, which is finally ready for them. Now the big job of moving and reconnecting the milk tank or cooler to the other milkhouse will be happening so milking can proceed this afternoon.
You may remember that we had a team here in March 2014 that helped with the remodel and building the milkhouse, milking parlor and a classroom. Last September, we finally waded through all the red tape and got hooked onto the power grid. We thought we were home free, and started teaching in the classroom, but it took until spring to get a company to come install the milking equipment in the parlor.
|Ready to go|
Last week the additional water source was completed, and this week all the last minute, gates, latches and light fixtures went in to the barn. Yesterday they removed walls from both milkhouses to facilitate moving the tank this morning.
|Garry really likes the latch Max made for the parlor gate|
|here we go|
|most of them are there|
|the two that turned around|
Eventually Garry, Max and a few helpers got them to the barn, too.
|we did it!|
|Happy so far|
Well, that was the easy part, watch for the photos of moving the milk tank and milking in a whole new way to come. I am sure everyone, milker ladies, students and cows will not be happy the first time through the parlor. We are moving from tie stall and bucket milkers to a pipeline in a raised parlor, so the first week or so will be challenging for all.