Installing grating — the same type that you find in hog confinement buildings — on the parlor floor makes cleanup easier. At Newkirk Dairy near Hospers, Iowa, the concrete parlor floor has a 3-inch drop from one end to the other for drainage. However, the grate floor, installed 6- to 9- inches above the concrete, is level for the milkers to walk on.

The grating allows any dirt and manure to fall through, and then a flush system removes the debris after each milking. Another advantage to the grating is that it has give — like a well-padded floor — which helps minimize leg fatigue among milkers.