Story: Dairying and dairy products

Herringbone dairy shed

Herringbone dairy shed

In a herringbone shed, the cows come in and angle-park themselves side by side, facing away from the centre pit, where the milkers work. It is the same on the other side of the pit, so the cows together form a herringbone pattern. A rail at breast height prevents the cows from moving forward, and they are released together through a gate beside the first cow once milking has finished.

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Hugh Stringleman and Frank Scrimgeour, 'Dairying and dairy products - Dairy sheds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 June 2024)

Story by Hugh Stringleman and Frank Scrimgeour, published 24 Nov 2008