Farm Horizons, February 1999

A little tile goes a long way at a dairy farm

By Luis Puga

Eugene Boehlke shows off his dairy parlor with a degree of pride. Boehlke has found a good way to keep his barn clean, attractive, and durable. He has vinyl tiled the inside.

"It's a lot cleaner looking ­ more sanitary ­ than if you just leave it concrete," he said.

This tile isn't on the floor, but on the walls. With 75 cows coming in and out of the parlor, the walls are kept a neat and tidy, bright white.

Not only that, but Boehlke is happy with the little effort he has to put in to keep the parlor clean. He said he only needs a hose and a sponge to do the job.

With concrete, he'd have to apply some elbow grease and possible a pressure washer to bare concrete.

The tile, which he put in just last August, has another added benefit. It keeps the health inspector happy.

Boehlke said that the white tile visually fits with a dairy operation, something which the inspectors like to see.

Moreover, the parlor looks as clean as it is and the white keeps the rooms well lit.

Boehlke's only regret is that he didn't go all the way to ceiling with it. He holds Metro Dairy as a good example of what one should do if one is going to put up tile.

However, he sees this as getting more popular with newer parlors. Perhaps, Clancy Campbell of Winsted, will be getting more calls to put in tile.

After all, with two inspections a year, a little linoleum can go a long way.

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