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Transitioning to a Rotary Dairy Parlor

21 October 2020

You’ve read about them, you’ve seen them in action and you’ve run the numbers. Now you know the most powerful way to exploit continuous flow production methods is by going rotary. There is simply no other method of milking cows that is as fast, efficient, and productive, and there is no other way to operate with so little human labor.

Where do you start? Surely you have been talking with other dairymen and you’ve got your compass pointed in the right direction. Green Source Automation (GSA) has helped automate more rotaries than anyone else in the business. If you are going to get the most out of your rotary, if you want to maximize your labor savings and give your cows the kind of consistency that isn’t humanly possible, you’re going to need robots.

Every rotary dairy parlor GSA has worked in has been unique and we have had a chance to see a variety of approaches to implementing rotaries and we’ve worked with all the major rotary manufacturers. We can help you plan, source and execute your rotary with a vision toward the future. Not everyone wants to automate their rotary right away so of course we can help existing rotaries adopt our automation solutions but if you can get us involved before you build your rotary there are distinct benefits to planning your rotary to give you future flexibility.

Some of the things we would recommend you consider during the planning phase are:

  • Underground or overhead? Where do you want to run your power/water/control lines?
  • Wired or wireless communications, what are the pros and cons?
  • Erosion protection, managing the impact of fluids on your facility.
  • Cow flow, what’s the most efficient way to route your herd in your barn/milking parlor?
  • Strategic location of controls and components.
  • Effects of atomized dip on ventilation systems.
  • Training your herd and acclimatizing them to robot interactions.

The list goes on but GSA has the history and experience to allow us to envision the future for your dairy and to help you consider the factors that will afford you continued success and flexibility for years to come.

Prepare for Automation

Build your new rotary milking parlor with dairy automation in mind. Green Source engineers will work with you at no charge to ensure that your new rotary is built for the future of the dairy industry.

Contact Green Source Automation for a free consultation at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 209-531-9163.