How Many Hours to Replace an Old Parlor?
22 working hours on average over 36 hours elapsed time in most cases. We start at 7:00 AM torching out the first side, which usually takes a couple of hours.
Between 9:00 and 10:00 we move the first Module into position, level it, reconnect pipe lines and water lines and adapt the gutter to the drains - two to three hrs.
Between 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM the concrete guys pour hot concrete into the Module Base. Hot concrete (enriched with calcium carbonate) cures in about 3 to 4 hrs.
By 6:00 PM, usually after 10 to 12 hrs, milking re-starts on that side.
Next day, same story on the other side, though typically we start milking a couple of hours earlier.
With How Many People?
Number of people depends on the size of the parlor and what comes with it, i.e. how many sub-systems we have to re-connect, whether old concrete needs to be cut, etc. For example:
Golob Bros Dairy, Outlook, WA, 700 cows
Dbl. 11 DeLaval exchanged for dbl. 15 Germania ParaBone. 15 people - 22 hours working time over 36 hrs elapsed time.
Kehoe Bros. Dairy, Inverness, CA. 550 Cows
Dbl. 6 Surge Side Opener exchanged for dbl. 14 Germania ProTime II HerringBone. 22 people, 16 hrs working time over 16 hrs elapsed time. Entire Parlor exchanged in a single day.
Kimbal Dairy, Spencer, MA, 325 Cows
Dbl. 6 SawTooth exchanged for dbl. 8 Germania ParaBone. 7 people, 13 hrs working time over 13 hrs elapsed time. Parlor exchanged in a single day.
John and Richard Scott, Racine WI, 90 Cows
Dbl. 8 Chore Boy exchanged for dbl. 6 Germania ProTime I HerringBone. 6 people, 9 working hours over 9 hrs elapsed time. Parlor exchanged in less than one day.
Stoneholm Dairy, Putney, VT , 250 Cows
Dbl. 10 Westfalia exchanged for dbl. 10 Germania ProTime II HerringBone. 7 people, 20 hrs working time over 48 hrs elapsed time
Kent and Leisa Hellworth, Celina, OH, 350 cows
Dbl. 6 BouMatic exchanged for dbl. 12 Blue Diamond HerringBone with Germania Model SB Arm TakeOffs. 9 people, 22 hrs working time over 34 hrs elapsed time.
Alan & Bonnie Kracht, Newton, WI, 450 cows
Dbl. 6 BouMatic exchnaged for Dbl. 12 Germania ParaBone. 5 people 20 hrs working time over 58 hrs elapsed time. Alan felt strongly we should take a break over the second day.
DJ Duncan Family Dairy, Robisonia, PA, 115 Cows
Dbl. 5 AGWAY HerringBone exchanged for dbl. 8 Germania ParaBone. 6 People, 22 working hours over 36 hrs elapsed time.
Cadwallader Dairy, Salem, New Jersey
Dbl. 6 Boumatic HerringBone exchanged for dbl. 12 Germania ParaBone with BouMatic Meters. 5 people, 30 hrs working time over 40 hrs elapsed time.