The milking process is a crucial aspect of modern dairy farming, as it directly impacts milk yield, quality, and animal welfare. Over the years, various animal structures have been designed and implemented to enhance the milking process for cows. This review paper aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the different milking structures employed in dairy farming, including traditional and automated systems. We explore the advantages and limitations of each approach, considering their impact on cow health, milk production, and labour efficiency. Furthermore, we discuss emerging technologies and future perspectives that can potentially revolutionize the milling industry.