Sure, you have a milking routine. You may have had trainings on the routine, or discussed it during team meetings. But, is that routine actually being implemented by every shift, at every milking session – the same way? asks Dr. Rick Watters, milk quality and udder health specialist with GEA Farm Technologies. Producers of high quality milk know that consistent milking procedures, performed as part of a consistent milking routine are critical.
Ask your local milk equipment dealer to perform a milking routine evaluation to make sure proper pre-milking hygiene steps are being performed; teatcups are applied to visibly clean, dry, well stimulated teats; milk flows rapidly and efficiently after attachment; and, milking units are removed in a timely manner.
There is no “one perfect” routine that fits every dairy, explains Watters. By working with an outside evaluator, you can customize a routine that fits your operation, without sacrificing any effects on milk quality or parlor efficiency.
And, most importantly, the critical timing of your milking routine can be fine-tuned to assure the highest quality milk is being harvested - day in and day out.
Your evaluator can help with continual follow-up training and evaluations to assure old habits are broken and proper processes become part of everyone’s daily routine.
Source: GEA Farm Technologies