There are certain key factors and steps that are constantly influencing the efficiency of your milking routine everyday. However, as these are repeated and engaged with every day, in the same way, they risk going unnoticed and even performed incorrectly purely due to habit. In the previous blog episode we went through 2 of these habits and in this episode we will describe 3 more, trying to highlight the best practices to keep these correctly performed.
1 - Cluster Attachment
It is important not to let air enter the liners while attaching them (the “hoover effect”) as it can carry dirt & bacteria, increase the attachment time, and even effect milk quality. Hold the cluster correctly upside down, take it a liner per time and lift it up forming an ideal “Z” in the air. Pay attention to the hoses: heavy hoses without a holder may detach the unit earlier and uphill hoses may act like a restrictor causing an uneven milk out. Wrong cluster positioning can cause liners slippage.
Common mistakes associated to Cluster Attachment:
Image 1: The correct method of attaching a cluster (Z method)
2 - Milking
Milking duration and cluster removal are equally important. Overriding the automatic detachment when present may cause overmilking, damaging the udder without granting any increase in milk yield and also encourage liner slippage. The detachment should happen as smoothly as possible to avoid the appearance of rings on the teats. Although we understand that everyone would like to finish this job early, opening the gates too early could mean that some of your cows have not been milked out entirely, resulting in an abundance of residual milk thus affecting the overall quality of the next milking as well as the health of the udder.
Common mistakes associated with Milking:
3 - Parlour set up
After the detachment, the cluster should be ready and positioned correctly in preparation for a new attachment without twisting. This normally only happens when the ACR rope is well-positioned (when an ACR is present) and if it the rope is the correct length. The tubing needs to be well positioned and at the right distance, especially the milk tube, otherwise the clusters may be pushed or pulled, affecting the milking. Retaining the rings can help massively.
Common mistakes associated with the Parlour Set Up:
Image 2: A correctly placed and attached cluster.
A good way to ensure you get the right preparation and milking time is to equip your farm with a reliable electronic panel that will manage cluster removal for you. Check an example below:
A proper milking routine is a combination of 3 main factors: milking machine, milkers, and cows. Like everything we do daily, it can be easy to fall into mistakes and allow them to enter a routine building a bad a habit. We hope that the 5 pieces of advice that we have shared with you across the past two episodes can help you get back into a good milking routine. We know there are many different habits and common mistakes, so stay tuned to our blog for useful tips & tricks and to ensure that you are doing everything correctly!
milkrite | InterPuls shout out and thank you to Luca Giuliani (R&D Test Department)
With nearly 25 years of expertise on farm, Luca is probably on of our most skilled R&D technician. He helps testing our products and making them suitable for your cows and farms. Luca is married with 2 lovely daughters and lives in the “Appennino” mountains in Italy.
Date: 30 November 2020