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Farmer writes: new parlour brings most difficult winter to a welcome end
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Farmer writes: new parlour brings most difficult winter to a welcome end

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Things are looking up for English-based dairy farmer Joe Collingborn, with construction completed on a new milking parlour and a milk surge from cows out at grass.
Things are looking up for English-based dairy farmer Joe Collingborn, with construction completed on a new milking parlour and a milk surge from cows out at grass.

In at last! After an extremely difficult winter, with farm staff involved in construction work whenever available, we are in the new milking parlour.

Our attempts to make it light, airy and inviting were successful. After the first milking, which was very fraught, every cow walked in on their own, bar two. I was very pleased, since I did not want to have to use a backing gate. This can cause lameness, due to cows at the back scrabbling.

One of the major reasons to encourage the cows in was probably the rubber matting on the standings. ...

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