Efficient Milking has been written to provide the base knowledge level and understanding of the complex subject of milk extraction to all DeLaval employees worldwide. It is from these physiological, biological and behavioral platforms that DeLaval products are developed. Our philosophy is to work in harmony with biology, the environment, and the natural processes of life toward optimum harvesting of nature’s most perfect food milk.

A wider use of this booklet in our dairy industry is encouraged. Copies will be made available in a variety of the world’s languages by DeLaval market companies. The many colourful and useful illustrations are available from DeLaval for formal training and instruction in dairy courses and institutes simply by contacting DeLaval wherever you are.

Milk quality

Mastitis is a universal problem that all dairy producers struggle with to varying degrees. Dairy farm management practices that have shown to best improve udder health are: wearing gloves during milking, using automatic take-offs, using post milking teat dipping, milking problem cows last, yearly inspection of the milking system, and keep cows standing after milking.

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Proper milking techniques

Proper management of cows during and between each milking is required for maximum milk production and mastitis prevention. The economic loss from mastitis makes it the dairy industry’s most important disease. The technologies to control and eradicate mastitis have been available for many years, yet bacteria still take thousands of cows out of production every year.


Teat Condition in dairy cows

The dairy cow's teat is the first line of defence against mastitis pathogens. The milking process may affect the teat's condition, increasing the risk of mastitis. It is well-proven that teat-ends with severe erosions or broken skin will have an increased risk of mastitis. However, more common changes in teat condition because of milking have not been related to udder health problems.

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Post-milking teat disinfection

Post-milking teat disinfectants have been widely tested and used to prevent mastitis caused by contagious and environmental bacteria. The appropriate use of teat disinfecting products reduces mastitis rates and the need for antibiotic use. Post-milking teat disinfectants are based on a range of germicides, levels and types of emollients, and physical forms and are applied by a range of application methods. When recommending teat dip products, it is important to assess the udder health situation, as well as management of the milking process.



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