Hartpury College Supports Dairy Industry Accreditation Awards
As the need for recognised industry standards increases at every level within the food sector, the MEA (Milking Equipment Association) has developed the Parlour Safe accreditation scheme, to ensure a high, and consistent, level of parlour maintenance and testing is carried out on UK dairy farms. The scheme, which is run in association with Reaseheath College in Cheshire and Hartpury College in Gloucestershire, has had huge support from the industry, with parlour businesses acknowledging the importance of an industry accreditation.
The latest graduates from this scheme recently completed the first Category 2 course at Hartpury College. All with previous experience in parlour engineering, this group of eight technicians have now been accredited with the Parlour Safe Intermediate Category 2, recognising their deeper understanding of, for example, regulatory body requirements; hygiene and cleaning; the implications of cow flow and parlour design; parlour testing and maintenance; animal health and animal psychology.
“The content of the course illustrates the increasing need for a wider understanding of dairy farm management. There are so many factors that influence the efficiency of a milking parlour, and these engineers are now well equipped to discuss these with their clients and consider how they can improve their systems,” says Ian Coleman, Hartpury College.
“With milking equipment getting more and more sophisticated, it’s also important that farmers have the reassurance that they’re working with properly trained individuals and this accreditation offers that.”
“Parlour Safe offers the full complement of independent training accreditation,” adds Ruth Bailey, Chief Executive, MEA. “The courses cover all levels of skill, experience and required learning. Knowing their technician has an industry recognised accreditation gives farmers the confidence that they will carry out equipment installation, servicing, repair and after-sales support to the highest standards.