Mary Lou Richmond
Duration: 1 hour and 20 minutes
First Pasture Price: £12.39
Milking Through the Years is a unique production looking at various methods of milking systems and machines since the early 1860s to the present day. In the 1900s the invention of bucket cluster and pipelines were developed which allowed the farmer to increase the herd size on the farm. Parlours were the next development to come along and the idea of cows walking into the parlour instead of the byre boosted production efficiency, which again was further improved by the introduction of rotary parlours.
Perhaps the most significant development has been the use of robotic milkers, allowing the farmer to manage their herd more productively. We also visit Owenskerry, a commercial goat milking farm, which illustrates how the parlour can be adapted to cope with different species of farm animal in the production of milk.