The Modern Milking System

Testing your milking machine is one of the most important requirements on a modern dairy farm; part of the milking machine test is fall-off and vacuum recovery especially with advanced vacuum on demand software or variable speed vacuum installations it is essential that these units are working correctly and efficiently.

In older parlours with older vacuum pumps, these parlours rarely past the test, milkers had to be careful to minimize the amount of air being drawn 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.

Attaching milking units and ensuring those units hang correctly under the udder during milking.

Modern milking machinery has huge vacuum reserves enabling adjacent units to very rarely lose any vacuum.

Having greater vacuum capacity requires the correct vacuum level ensuring little distress or teat damage

Some companies have no airflow at the claw until the unit is attached aiding the milkers and reducing air loss to virtually nothing.

Milking system optimization not only leads to better overall milk quality, but it’s also good for your cows and can have a positive impact on employee attitude and performance.

While many farmers have a scheduled service program, they do not always have their milking systems optimized – there is a huge difference. There is also dissimilarity between having a system analysis conducted and having a system working for your cows.

The milking system needs to be effective or well-designed. No milking system is perfect, but we can strive to get as close as possible.

Everything from cow flow to the parlour and proper pre-milking and post-milking routines should be evaluated. Are steps in place to get cows in and out of the parlour as calmly and quickly as possible? Are the cows staying clean to minimize the risk of mastitis?

Not all milking systems should be or can be optimized. For example, attempting to improve the functionality of a poorly installed or maintained system can yield few results, and often leads to other issues. Milking faster when you have a poor air flow will cause cows to milk slower and can result in udder health issues. e