The goal of any dairy farm should be to deliver a high-quality product that has consumer appeal. The objective of any herd’s milk management program should include: (1) maximize yield secreted by the mammary gland, (b) milk cows out in a short period of time, (c) prevent damage to teats, teat ends, and the udder, and (d) have no adverse effect on composition of milk. It must be recognized that factors other than milking equipment, such as milking practices, can influence milking performance and quality.
The latest installment in the eXtension Mastitis and Milk Management Weekly Series discusses desired characteristics of a milking system, the relationship between milking equipment and mastitis, milking system performance and maintenance.
Click here to read “week ELEVEN: The Role of Milking Equipment in Mastitis.”
Source: UW Milk Quality