Building the Dairy Complex has been rather like doing a massive, three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle;
but for so long now, it’s seemed that none of the pieces quite fitted together – with an adjustment here, a tweak there. Today however, we were one crucial step closer to finishing at least the important part – with learning how to operate the milking parlour. Because it’s working.
There’s still a fair way to go; however once again the place was a literal hive of activity with Tony & Dyfrig laying a sand surface on which to level & secure the new matting, Gareth from RMS having returned to work his magic on the ailing Bulk Milk Tank; & (perplexingly) Gareth – also from RMS – with his computerised box of tricks, to sort out the milking parlour’s fantastic Metatron P21 milking system. For ease (&, I suppose, if the computer isn’t working for any reason) there’s a ‘manual’ mode on the system which ensures the parlour can still operate effectively; which as the computer has crashed with the hard drive apparently damaged in transit to the Ffarm, that’s a relief. And from the perspective of milking goats, we’re literally light years ahead.
I was lucky enough to receive a comprehensive tutorial from Gareth-the-Tech this afternoon once all the parlour pieces had finally fallen into place (even though we’ll remain in ‘manual’ mode until the computer system is finally reprogrammed). It was fascinating: & having rehearsed the milking & cleaning routines a couple of times I actually started to feel confident that I could ‘fly solo’ through these clouds of previously unchartered territory.
So the parlour has metamorphosised from being a confusing cocktail of complex machinery & bewildering technological wizardry, to a comprehensible working environment in which we & the goats can develop a quiet, happy, relaxed routine together – just the ticket.
All we have to do now is perfect their accommodation so that they can move in – & as the lorry containing our stable mats trundled onto the yard as evening drew in, came the happy realisation that the glorious day is just around the corner….the final piece of the puzzle to be slotted into place.