The official launch of a new parlor milking system has been announced by DeLaval that is the company’s next step towards developing the parallel parlor.
DeLaval has been previewing the DeLaval Parlor milking system P500 at tradeshows in North America prior to officially announcing the system on May 1. The new parlor is the only parallel parlor that features three cow-flow control options and no sequence gates in the floor. It allows for faster, more efficient milking and should also leave the cows calmer during the process.
“The DeLaval Parlor P500 has been designed to do more on a smaller footprint, making it an ideal choice for both news builds and retrofits,” says Gavin Strang, DeLaval Market Development Manager, Capital Equipment.
The P500 has been used at Highland Dairy near Glade Spring, Va., on a 550 cow third generation farm since January 2019 and was the first global reference herd for DeLaval’s new parlor system. Owner Rena Johnson had a double-16 P500 installed by her local DeLaval dealer, Tri-City Dairy Equipment, after talking about her needs for a new parlor to move the farm forward.
“Before, we were using the parlor about 19 hours a day milking a modified 2x,” Johnson says of their old double-12 herringbone parlor. “Now, we're milking (all cows) 3x, about 15 hours a day in the (new) parlor. It's just so much better for us for throughput and efficiency, and we've gained an additional five pounds of milk. The cows really love the barn, and that tickles me to see them in there.”
Features of DeLaval’s P500 milking system include patented technologies that showed improvements with testing on pilot farms versus the company’s Champion™ parallel parlor such as:
- DeLaval SynchroArc™ is more than an open-bottom neck rail with no obstructions. Its design promotes free-cow flow for optimum throughput, offers better indexing of mixed herds, and accommodates a 30 percent smaller footprint. Ceiling heights can be as low as 96 inches.
- DeLaval SynchroSweep™ features independently controlled, suspended, non-overlapping sequence gates, which also lift up during milking to minimize stress on cows and components. This design and process creates a quieter environment that can speed up cow-exit cycle times by 56 percent.
- DeLaval SynchroControl™ puts the operation of the milking system at the fingertips of the dairy producer. This feature makes it possible to configure multiple indexing management styles, contributing to its safe, comfortable and efficient operation.
DeLaval Parlor P500 utilizes the customer service program DeLaval InService™ All-Inclusive (ISAI) to help enhance the reliability and performance of the milking system. Service, consumables and advice are offered on a contract basis through ISAI to help dairy producers know their costs on the front end.
DeLaval believes that the DeLaval Parlor P500 is the next step parallel parlor technology and it supplants previous models that the company has offered, including Champion™, Cascade™ and Endurance™.
“The DeLaval P500 simplifies our parallel parlor offering while continuing to deliver the quality, reliability and longevity our milking systems are known for,” Strang says. “It has the potential to increase dairy producers’ profitability, reduce their costs and help them be more efficient with labor.”
A video of DeLaval’s new parlor can be watched below: