Animal Hygiene Dept.
In dairy farming it is important to note the direct link between the well-being of the cows and the profitability of the dairy farm. Among others, a good milking technique is of utmost importance. No single duty in the dairy operation carries as much responsibility as does the actual job of cow milking. The continuous use of a proper milking routine results in higher milk yields of good quality, fewer problems with udder health, longer cow life expectancy and reduced milking time. All these factors contribute to a higher profit margin per cow. Good milking is a skill that can be learned through practical experience. Harmonious interaction between milker and cow is of utmost importance with regard to the amount of milk a cow produces and hence to the farm’s profitability. A good milker develops a routine that is followed during
each milking. It cannot be stressed enough that if milking habits are good, results will be good. The conditions at the dairy farm in question determine the choice of hand or machine milking. Whichever system in use, the milker should be familiar with basic milk secretion and udder conformation of the dairy cow. Full understanding of how the cow produces milk and how a milking machine functions to remove that milk is essential. The milking machine, its testing and the storage and cooling of milk are discussed in more detail in Milking Machine Management, volumes 1 & 2. Additionally described in this manual are the cleaning, disinfection, and maintenance of the milking equipment.
Cow milking is the most important job in the dairy herd