Historically the first choice of New Zealand farmers for many years, herringbone parlours are now pre-dominantly the domain of smaller herds, typically up to a maximum of 300 - 400 cows. However, many larger herds are still milked in large herringbone milking sheds in New Zealand and other parts of the world.
Herringbone parlors range in size from 6-a-side units, up to perhaps 40 or 44-a-side units. They have the advantage of being easily extended if herd size increases in the future, but larger herringbone parlours do require a higher labour input than rotary parlours in order to effectively carry out the milking process.
Chapman Dairy has a wide range of designs for herringbone milking sheds that can be customised to suit your individual circumstances. In addition to herringbone parlors, we also offer a variety of yard designs and plant area and milk silo layouts.