Data on milking performance could represent a powerful source of help, to achieve milking efficiency. Therefore, in the following lines, we would like to demonstrate why milk meters are the right equipment to choose!
The milk meter is an essential part of the milking systems, as it enables continuous measurement of both milk quantity and flow during the process, for each animal. The level of productivity and efficiency of the herd stems from the combination of these two pillars. With the help of Simone Pezzi, our PCI Product Manager, let’s discover the added value of this equipment, how it works, and how to recognize the best milk meter for your herd!
The importance of milk quantity and flow
On the one hand, knowing the amount of milk produced by each cow facilitates recognition of the high-yielding animals, as well as adaptation of the feed intake to the milk released, optimizing the milk-feed ratio. Moreover, when counting on the report of each milking, it is extremely easy to detect any change in the yield of a cow, compared to its average standards, identifying any issue related to health or heat in advance.
On the other hand, it is also primary to know how much it takes for a cow to release a certain amount of milk. The shorter the time, the more efficient the process.Though, it is not only about this. In fact, most advanced milk meters measure instant milk production, providing an overview of the milking routine that is as complete as possible. There are several reasons why this feature is crucial:
Inadequate milking settings and insufficient preparation lag time hinder the activation of the milk ejection reflex between the cow’s brain and udder, preventing alveolar milk from flowing promptly into the gland cistern. Bimodality can prolong milking time, and cause congestion and oedema, exposing the animal to mastitis.
Milk conductivity and temperature to evaluate cows’ well-being
When choosing the milk meter to install in your parlour, a further feature to take into account is its ability to measure milk conductivity and temperature. The former aspect is an indicator of a high infection rate. More precisely, the more significant the quantity of salts in the liquid, the higher the conductivity. Therefore, when it suddenly and consistently differs from the cow’s average value, it indicates an abnormality. Likewise, when milk temperature significantly overcomes the animal’s average body temperature, it may indicate a health issue.
What if you underestimate the power of milk meters?
After mentioning what to look for when selecting the right milk meter for your parlour, let’s investigate the consequences of not installing it.
We hope this introduction on why measuring milk quantity and flow contributed to convincing you that installing milk meters is the right choice for your herd. Are you eager to learn more about how this equipment works, and how to recognize the most reliable one? Make sure not to miss our next blog episode!
MI thank Simone Pezzi for the support.
Date: 26 November 2021