You want to milk your cows faster ?

You want to milk your cows faster, there is no secret! Make sure that everyone on the farm is using the same routine and not in a mind-set that this is how I have been taught and this is the way I do things.

On a recent visit to implement a milking – time test / Dynamic test

The cows were entering the parlour and the pressure of the bag meant that the cows were leaking milk, the herdsman said look the cows are happy content and are stimulated

How wrong he was, he placed the unit onto the cow and yes she milked for 30 seconds then she stopped and there was liner slip .

The leaking milk was Cisternal milk let down

Research now shows for the oxytocin to reach the udder it can take 90 seconds or more for alveolar milk-let down.

The ideal protocol includes:

Pre-dip with chlorine dioxide

Rub teat end and strip

Re-dip with chlorine dioxide

Wipe with individual cloth towel

Attach at 90 seconds after first stimulation

Detach when milk flow is less than 400ml per minute with two-second delay

Post-dip with 1 percent iodine with conditioner

The more physical contact with the teat end, the more you will see a positive effect.

The average milking time is 3- 4 minutes per cow, with an average of 3.5 litres of milk per minute

 “Yes I do have farms that average 5-6 litres a minute “the first two minutes, which directly relates to udder stimulation, watch to see if the cow milks consistently.

Other key factors are moving the cows in a calm fashion so they are comfortable walking into the parlour and training the cows how to be milked.

Teamwork among the owners, milkers and equipment dealers is overriding.

Maintenance is key in the parlour since it can run up to 18 hours a day there isn’t another piece of equipment on the farm that is used as much as the parlour, so ensure it is running at top speed all the time, liner change is essential.

Pulsators and the milking system should be graphed monthly. Pulsators, hoses and meters are also inspected regularly.

Post dipping is essential as the teat would have been soaked with milk, ensure you cover the whole teat” some post dipping flushing units may save time but don’t cover the whole teat and are not as efficient as you may think “make sure you use good quality teat Post dip with conditioner whether it’s fine-tuning the milking procedure or making adjustments to facilities, you need all employees in tune with what is necessary for its cows to achieve optimal success.

Being stuck in a routine is not the way forward; trying new methods over a couple of days will not ensure a better milking routine.