Farmers intending to build a new milking parlour during the Covid lockdown can access a growing library of virtual farm tours on the Teagasc website to help with the design process.
The virtual tours allow farmers to look at other milking parlours from the comfort of their own home. This includes a series of 360 degree photographs to allow farmers to move around the virtual farm and view it from almost any angle. Key features of each farm are highlighted and some of tours include videos that explain the features in more detail such as the cow flow routes. The key dimensions, and plans of the buildings are included in each tour to show the size allocated to each area and the overall footprint.
Francis Quigley, Teagasc Farm Machinery and Milking Specialist, said: “I would encourage farmers planning a new project to have a look around each of the tours. If you are building a herringbone parlour don’t confine yourself to looking at just the herringbone tours, there are unique ideas in each of the parlours which could be used in any new parlour.
“Another big advantage of the virtual tour is that you can go back and visit the farm as often as you want to check out the finer details such as how a gate was hung or a drain laid.” Visit Virtual Farmyard Tours – Teagasc | Agriculture and Food Development Authority