Farming just outside Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, GD Young has developed a thriving enterprise of 350 dairy cows in a relatively short space of time.
Hailing from Argyll, Scotland, GD purchased the 400ac holding – which consisted of 50% stubble ground and 50% old permanent pasture – in 2015.
GD admitted that he initially wanted to install a herringbone parlour. However, after having discussions with other farmers – particularly Pat Hickey and Ciaran McDonald – he opted to install a 44-unit Waikato rotary parlour. His father George also encouraged him to install a rotary milking parlour.
The parlour installed on GD’s farm was the first Waikato rotary to be installed on an Irish farm. It comes equipped with ACRs (automatic cluster removers), auto-retention, automatic teat spray and a full automatic wash system.
“One man can milk in the 44-unit rotary comfortably and put 300 cows per hour through it as his ease,” GD explained.
Orbit Concrete Rotary