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    Hi there Iím currently moving from a rented to farm to my own place however I need to build a barn and parlor Iím jack of all trades I built last set up but I was a flat parlor, Iím looking to build a 2 or double 2 tandem parlor Iíve milked in tie stalls swing over tandem and flat parlors and by far tandem is my favorite esp for a small herd like mine of 10 with a future goal of 20 I have some ideas but any feed back would be appreciated Iíve seen a two stall idea on here before I was a member the stalls were sliding doors with feeders in them very simple no gates or handles only concern would be a slow cow but I would take that over bending down to milk.

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    Thanks for being here!

    You are the only dairy farmer still posting!

    maybe you can tell all your friends and help keep it going?

    thanks for farming!!!
    John Osthus
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    St. Louis, MO

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    I know that you only currently have 10 head, but it wouldn't cost much more to go with a double 4 swing parlor. Then you are ready for any expansion in the future.

    Keep an eye on websites like the following to find a used parlor:

    https://www.lancasterfarming.com/
    https://www.farmanddairy.com/
    https://www.dairytrain.com/
    https://www.ebay.com/b/Dairy-Cattle-...28/bn_16562506
    Nature View Farms
    PolledJerseys.com

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    Thanks Jay!

    You two talking is what this free, independent forum was all about when we started in 2006. Today, they are dumping milk in a hungry world, and more of the producers I so much wanted to help even a little are going out of business.

    Maybe dairy farmers are too busy trying to survive to be on the forum?
    John Osthus
    Dairyforums.com Creator and Admin Guy
    St. Louis, MO

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    We just built a 2 stall tandem. Our barn is in a slope so the milk room is on the level of the parlor, no ramps or steps anywhere. We love it. We have 25 head milking 5 at the moment. Wouldnít change a thing. I built the stalls, all mechanical, no pneumatic! Simple easy and fast. If we have a slow cow it doesnít hold up the other stall. We have a vacuum line but are using bucket Milkers. Would be easy to add a small pipeline but at our scale doesnít make sense to wash. I could go on for hours if you have questions just ask.

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    We milk in a two-stall side-opener and love it! We have two old Surge stalls from the 1960’s that we salvaged and rebuilt. As Tessiers mentioned above, they’re easy enough to build from scratch if you need to. We use pail milkers as well.

    If you want to milk 20, I’d maybe add a third stall. You can do 20 with 2 stalls, but I think 3 would be better, and three stalls can still be handled by one person. You could do three in a line, but I’ve also seen 3 stalls in a “U” format. Less walking that way.

    Here’s a video showing our parlor: https://youtu.be/0Xihf_CW-OQ

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