Single herd dairy yard system

Where there is only one herd the most efficient cow flow design is in one direction past the herringbone pit area and around the circular yard.

Twin herd dairy yard system

For large herds or twin herds the twin herd yard design has the cows enter the yard from the rear through either one or two entrances. The backing gate operates both ways and cows can enter the herringbone from either side with the use of a gate that swings across the pit entry point. This offers better cow flow as the cows move straight through the shed very quickly. Another option is to have two backing gates for herds that come down both the side race and into the rear of the yard.