Avila notes that it is also important to have the automatic detachers operating at their maximum efficiency so the milking unit is removed from the cow at the appropriate time.
At the end of the day, it’s very easy to add up cost of maintenance when bills come in the mail. But choosing to skimp on maintenance is like stepping over $100 bills to pick up nickels in savings, says Reid.
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To lessen the financial impact of parlor maintenance, sit down with your dealer and set up a yearly maintenance schedule.
“Setting up a schedule for the year allows you to decide who is going to do what for service,” says Richard Avila, owner of Avila Dairy Equipment in Hanford, Calif. “Each month, you can do a few things and spread the cost out over time.” Knowing the cost of maintenance ahead of time allows the dairy to budget money for maintenance each month.
This should save you from getting a $20,000 bill in parts in an emergency situation, says David Reid, owner of Rocky Ridge Dairy Consulting in Hazel Green, Wis. It also saves you from having to shut the milking parlor down for three or four hours during an emergency and delays in harvesting milk.