Proper Parlor Precautions – The Milking Parlor Curtain

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I like to think of the word “parlor” in a fancy, old-timey western frame of mind. So when you start to connect the word “milking” to the front, I’m imagining cows wearing red and black lacy hats and waving matching fans to keep themselves cool. And they all have a southern drawl, of course.

The curtains that section off your milking parlor are going to need to be fashioned a little different than your standard barn curtain – for one, there’s going to be a lot more up and down motion on a regular basis. This and temperature factors make milking parlor curtains no laughing matter. Celina Industries knows how important your average milking parlor curtain can be, and has taken extra precaution to make the best product we can.

1.)    Temperature

A milking parlor needs to be kept warm. It keeps your workers happy, your cows happy, and minimizes chances of accidents and extra problems. All of this can add up to one doozy of a heating bill when everything’s said and done.

Celina Industries’ parlor curtains are made from our insulated curtain material – a layered material that uses enclosed air pockets to ensure the lowest amount of interference from outside temperatures. Even while raising and lowering the curtain during milking, having this insulation is paramount to stem any loss of heat through the material when the curtain is covering the upper end of an entrance (where heat tends to rise and collect).

2.)    Durable Materials

Standard parlor curtains are created in large sheets, with a pocket for poles at the top and bottom. Most do not receive intermediate poles. There are three main modes of curtain operation that are used:

a.       Bottom Rolling

These curtains have a bar or pole installed at the bottom, and when the curtain is taken up this pole is rotated to roll the curtain around the pole and raise the level of the curtain.

b.      Top Rolling

Sounds similar, right? A top rolling curtain operates in the same fashion as a bottom rolling curtain, but the rotating pole is at the top of the fabric. This allows the bottom of the curtain to rise and fall as the fabric winds around the top bar.

c.       Scrunching

As the name suggests, this method relies on a pulley system connected to the bar at the bottom of the curtain, and involves no rotating. As the pulley retracts, the bar comes up and “scrunches” the curtain toward the ceiling to create the opening.

No matter how your curtain system is set up, an insulated milking parlor curtain can minimize heating costs and ensure that your environment is comfortable for cattle and humans alike. If you have any questions about our curtain abilities, or details on ordering, please send an email to or give us a call at (888) 324-0654.