A specialized area on the dairy farm where the milking process is performed. Cows are brought into the parlor two or three times a day. Parlors come in many types and names, including flat barn, herringbone, parallel, swing, walk-through and rotary.
Scraping the manure away as soon as possible reduces the risk of hoof disease and udder contamination as well as nitrogen losses. Good cleaning routines contribute to cleaner, healthier cows for higher milk production and quality.
In dairy farming a bulk milk cooling tank is a large storage tank for cooling and holding milk at a cold temperature until it can be picked up by a milk hauler. The bulk milk cooling tank is an important piece of dairy farm equipment.