Posted 3/13/2019 17:48 (#7378371 - in reply to #7378312) Subject: RE: Milk inspector was here yesterday
Madison Co. Virginia
O.u.and.direct - 3/13/2019 18:20
Hell in our area you can build a barn that only has three walls for the parlor. Milk’em outside it’s all good.
Same here. While they might allow a roof-less milking facility, I can't imagine it would be good for milk quality. Imagine milking in a rainstorm, with contaminated water running down the cow's sides and udder and into the teat cups.
Rules have relaxed over the years, actually. In the early days of parlors(1960's), the holding pen had to be about 20 feet away from the parlor. I know of two parlors around, neither still in use, that are built that way. In '79 when my dad built his parlor, he skipped the back wall, having only a couple of pipes between the holding pen and the parlor pit. The inspector who he was working with during construction conceded later that he wasn't actually supposed to approve that style of construction. Now, however, every parlor is built that way. Nobody builds a block wall with doors between the parlor and holding pen like they did back in the 70's.