Thursday, April 7, 2011

Parlor Maintenance

This is the view of one side of our milking parlor.  The glass items are "weight jars" (where the milk goes prior to being pumped into the bulk tank to be cooled).  The jar is scaled, so there are lines that indicate the amount given by each cow.

The metal brackets that hold the jars have decayed and need to be replaced, but this is "old school" technology, long since having been replaced by in-line digital counters with fancy expensive computer interfaces and read-outs.

In order to replace them, we have to fashion new brackets in our metal shop/maintenance building.  And by "we" I mean my brother-in-law, Denis.

This photo and the next shows the severity of the decay in the one bracket that was replaced.

Duct tape only works for so long - though it did work for quite some time.

In this photo, you can see a close-up of the new bracket (also seen in the top photo).