System Happel GmbH

The manufacture and sale of milking machine, the trade with milking machines and milking machine accessories of all systems and types, and the purchase and granting of licenses and transfer of knowhow against pay (insofar as the property rights and expertise refer to milking technologies). System Happel, based in Germany, offers outstanding and specialized know-how along with a full line range program for the modern Dairy farmer. Today, System Happel is one ofthe most important International manufactures specialised in modern and Innovative milking technique. Part of Dairy Farm Solution products are, Automatic / Robotic milking, AktivPuls extremely gentle milking technology with an integrated vacuum release, automatic feeding, milkcooling, scraper robotics, RF technology, animal ID, etc. etc.

Company details

Mühlweg 4 , Friesenried , Bavaria D-87654 Germany

Locations Served

Business Type:
Industry Type:
Agriculture - Livestock
Market Focus:
Internationally (various countries)


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System Happel is a modern, forward-looking, medium-size company with more than 50 employees and presents itself in the main business areas of milking technology. We offer comprehensive technical know-how and all type of equipment for modern livestock husbandry. With our products and services, your dairy cattle farm will not only achieve quantity, but also quality at the highest level.

The secret of our success

  • Entrepreneurial vision and flexibility
  • Technical competence
  • Progressive technical thinking
  • Appreciation of our employees
  • Commitment and dedicated partnership towards our customers

Our philosophy: To offer technology that makes milking pleasant for both cow and milker and that pays off economically.

The foundation of the company originated from the knowledge that Fritz Happel gained at his agricultural farm in the Allgäu. In the early 1960s, he detected that mechanical milking differed from natural sucking by a calf in very significant physiological aspects. 

The first patent application in 1964 and the first design of a new milking technology laid the foundation stones for the establishment of the company System Happel GmbH in 1976. In 1977, his son Werner Happel joined the company, which he manages today together with a team of 30 employees. 

Sales did not start in Bavaria, but in demanding Switzerland, where cell count limit values of 350,000 for milk intended for delivery were compulsory as early as 1978. From the early beginnings, Swiss customers appreciated the 'Happel milking'.

Due to the positive response of the customers, the Swiss Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives decided to include the Happel VE (vacuum relief) system as the only milking machine in its product range.

In the mid-1980s, the company started selling its products in Germany and Austria. As a result of constantly increasing requirements for the milk quality, also dairy farmers in Germany and Austria became interested in the 'seemingly small difference during milking' – the vacuum relief.

In November 2006, the Happel Suisse GmbH was founded with a staff of 10. In 2009, the company moved to new premises in Lyssach near Bern. 

With more than 50 patent applications in the area of milking, Happel is regarded as one of the most innovative companies in the milking equipment industry. 

Today, System Happel has become one of the most important international manufacturers in the area of milking technology. In total, approx. 4,000 dairy cattle owners now rely on the gentle vacuum relief (VE, which stands for Vakuumentlastung) milking technology from System Happel.

The benefits of this natural way of milking are not surprising in view of the fact that 'the longer a cow produces healthy milk, the more economical it is.“