DHM How-To: Instructional Videos

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Sponsored: Alltech On-Farm - Milking Routine

Sponsored by Alltech

A practical description of the importance of a milking technician and his/her role with the dairy industry by understanding best general milking practices.  The video explains the why’s and the how’s of a consistent milking routine to improve milk quality, reduce mastitis and most important to engage milkers in this daily activity.

Una descripción práctica de la importancia de un técnico de ordeño y su papel en la industria lechera, mediante la comprensión de las mejores prácticas generales de ordeño. El video explica los porqués y los cómo de una rutina de ordeño consistente para mejorar la calidad de la leche, reducir la mastitis y lo más importante, para involucrar a los ordeñadores en esta actividad diaria.  


Sponsored: Alltech On-Farm - Colostrum  

Sponsored by Alltech

To understand the importance of colostrum, first we need to understand what colostrum is and how we need to collect it, measure it and store it.  This practical video explains why colostrum is so important for a calf and how our calf managers can help us to achieve this by understanding the why’s and how’s of feeding the newborn calf.

Para entender la importancia del calostro, primero necesitamos entender qué es el calostro y cómo tenemos que recogerlo, medirlo y almacenarlo. Este video práctico explica por qué el calostro es tan importante para un ternero y cómo nuestros encargados de terneros pueden ayudarnos a lograr esto entendiendo el porqué y el cómo se alimenta al ternero recién nacido.


DHM How To: Identify Cows with Mastitis

In order to identify a cow with mastitis your milkers need to know what mastitis looks like and the protocols necessary to get the cow started toward a treatment plan. Record keeping is also critical to know if a cow is a chronic offender or just a one-time customer.

In the next-to-last edition of this milk quality series, Dr. Jill Brester, herd veterinarian at Green Meadows Dairy, explains the process she goes through with the dairy's milking staff to identify mastitic cows and get them entered into a pathogen identification protocol. She also explains the importance of record keeping to achieve progress across the herd in terms of milk quality. 


DHM How To: Protect the Cow After Milking

Because bacteria can enter the teat end after milking, cows are vulnerable to new infection once they leave the parlor and go back into the general cow population. It is critically important to apply a post-dip solution to cover the teat end and help to prevent bacterial contamination.

In the sixth installment of this eight-part series on milking protocols, Roger Thomson, consultant with MQ-IQ consulting, provides insights into the protocols that need to be followed in order to ensure cows have the highest level of protection when they leave the parlor. 


DHM How To: Remove Milking Units and Clean

The time to remove units is right when cows are done milking. Removal before all of the milk is out of the udder can lead to mastitis, while leaving units on too long can lead to teat end damage. 

In the fifth installment of this eight-part video series, Roger Thomson, consultant with MQ-IQ consulting, offers advice on when and how to detach units, in addition to cleaning the units and parlor after the machines are removed. 


DHM How To: Create an Optimal Milking Environment

Put a white bucket in the parlor where cows walk and they will find it immediately. It's not the bucket, it's the fact that it's something different than usual. That's why consistency in the parlor is so critical to keeping cows calm and comfortable.

In the fourth video in this milk quality series, Roger Thomson, milk quality consultant with MQ IQ Consulting, goes through what it means to create a consistent environment inside the parlor, and how that leads to better milk harvest. 


DHM How To: Properly Attach Milking Units

In older parlors with older vacuum pumps, milkers had to be careful to minimize the amount of air being sucked through the claw as milking units were attached. Now, with better technology and more advanced, higher capacity vacuum systems, units can be attached much faster with less worry about air slippage.

In this third video within our milking procedure series, Roger Thomson, consultant with MQ IQ Consulting, discusses the proper procedure for attaching milking units and ensuring those units hang properly under the udder during milking.


DHM How To: Stimulate Milk Letdown

Parlor throughput is important, but milkers still need to take the time to allow the cow to let down her milk. Taking the time to stimulate the udder, then waiting for natural processes to go to work will allow for greater milk flow and better production, and enhanced milk quality.

In the second video of this milk quality series, Roger Thomson, DVM and consultant with MQ IQ Consulting, goes through the process that's required to allow the cow adequate time to let her milk down. 


DHM How To: Prepare Your Cow for Milking

When cows enter the parlor, there can be a considerable amount of bacteria on their teats. Your milkers need to use the right protocols to apply a pre-dip solution that will help significantly reduce that bacterial load.

With this video we begin a series of eight milk quality tutorials. Our expert, Roger Thomson, DVM, a milk quality consultant with MQ-IQ Consulting, goes through each process of the milking system in detail to provide insights on how to harvest the highest quality milk possible. 

This first video explores what is needed to get the cow ready for milking by applying an approved pre-dip solution. In the next video, Dr. Thomson will explain the advantages of proper stimulation to achieve adequate milk letdown. 


Watch more videos, including how to get anovular cows pregnant and how to avoid injection site lesions, on the next page. 

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