many participants in the university of     Wisconsin’s Milk Money program have found that making changes in their milking procedures improves their milk quality. “Clean teats and a solid, consistent milking procedure help to reduce both subclinical and clinical mastitis,” says Michael Maroney, University of Wisconsin extension milk quality outreach veterinarian.

If you’re not already following these recommendations, give them a try. You will soon see what a difference they can make on your dairy.

  • Begin with calm cows. Stressed animals don’t release milk as effectively as calm animals.
  • Use latex gloves to reduce the spread of bacteria between animals and to protect milkers’ skin.
  • Forestrip to stimulate milk let-down and detect mastitis.
  • Pre-dip with an iodine-based product.
  • Clean and dry teats. Use a single-use paper or cloth towel to make sure teats are clean and dry.
  • Two-minute goal. Attach all milking units within a minute or two of udder stimulation.
  • Detach units with well-adjusted automatic take-offs for consistent take-offs and to reduce over-milking.
  • Post dip, completely covering the entire teat with a product proven effective at killing bacteria.