A milking parlor has a holding gate and a parallel spaced individually
loaded-occupied-unloaded milking stall with an operator pit located
intermediate the holding gate and the milking stall. The operator pit can
be recessed from the holding gate and the milking stall, wherein a bridge
or a bridge cart selectively connects a holding gate to an unoccupied
milking stall. A robotic or human operator can function from the operator
pit to implement the milking process.