Are your Cows Happy during Milking

A recent visit to observe cow behaviour during milking and visible changes in teat condition immediately after milking had been noted. The conclusion is probably related to a combination of milking conditions and equipment.
The milking machine was compliant with the 2007 ISO standard.
An examination of the orifice of all teats of the cows was made during the visit for teat orifice hyperkeratosis also completeness of milking was noted
During the on farm observations it was also noted that milking cluster removal timings at the end of milking increased agitation of the cows seen as fidgeting, unsuccessful attempts to remove the cluster by kicking during this period.
The milking machine is 3 years old no adjustments had been made to the equipment during this time .
The next step is to carry out a milking – time test.

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