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Tip of the Month

Milking time practices impact  milking efficiency and mastitis incidence.

  • Physically touch or stimulate teats for 10 seconds before attaching milking unit.  When teats are properly stimulated, a signal is sent to the brain resulting in the release of oxytocin into the blood. Oxytocin acts on cells in the udder resulting in milk letdown.  This process takes 1-2 minutes, thus the reason for waiting 1 to 2 minutes before attaching the machine.
  • Prevent overmilking by removing the milking unit within 30 seconds after milking is done.  Overmilking can cause hyperkeratosis (rough teat ends) and result in a place for bacteria to colonize and cause mastitis.  Automatic takeoffs need to be checked to make sure they are operating properly to prevent overmilking.

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