Milking Management provide an independent Milking MachineTest throughout Staffordshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire. All independent Milking Machine testing that is carried out with no alliance to any milking machine manufacturer ,We advice on all animal health and parlour design . Dynamic Milking Machine Test / Milking Time Assessment A dynamic test combines the milking machine, the cow and the operator. It is a fantastic insight into how all three interact with each other. There are several key areas a dynamic Test can evaluate that a static test fails to measure: • Actual teat end vacuum level This is the ONLY way to assess the correct static vacuum level settings. The vacuum gauge has no correlation to what is going on at the teat end i.e. it is different for every single parlour. • Correct pre milking preparation This will confirm if adequate teat preparation has been exercised to ensure speedy let down • Degree of under/over milking The only accurate way of determining when the milk flow stops and allows precise setting of the ACR’s. • A dynamic test will measure when milk flow starts and hence routines can be adjusted to maximise this, saving both time for the operator and extended teat exposure to vacuum for the cow. All these factors can contribute to teat end damage and rising cellcounts Click Here The change in weather means it’s time to start thinking more about teat health. Taking the time to plan ahead will help prevent costly mastitis infections when severe weather arrives. 1. PLAN FOR IT. Take time to re-evaluate your teat dips. Post-dipping is equally important in the winter months as it is in the summer to prevent mastitis. Using a post-dip with increased levels of emollients is crucial to protect, heal and soften skin during the transition to colder weather and in harsh winter conditions. During extremely cold weather, use a proven winter teat dip to protect teats. The use of an exfoliant teat dip may be necessary when transitioning into and out of winter. 2. MAINTAIN A LOG. Maintaining a log of teat health conditions year-round will help keep teat health in check. This information is beneficial in evaluating your program to keep teats healthy in all conditions. 3. REVIEW YOUR MILKING PROCEDURE AND EQUIPMENT SETTINGS. Make sure all steps in your milking procedure are being followed. Your milking procedure should allow for proper stimulation, milk letdown time (90-120 seconds), applying pressure against the teat end when wiping, proper unit attachment and alignment. Make sure you check your milking machinee, make sure your system is set at the optimal pulsation, automatic take-off and vacuum settings for your herd. 4. EDUCATE YOUR MILKERS. It’s important that your milkers are educated on the challenges associated with winter weather’s effect on teat tissue. Rough teat ends (hyperkeratosis) are more difficult to get clean. Milkers need to wipe teats in a downward, twisting motion on each teat, working from the farthest to the nearest. It’s important they also make a second wipe, applying pressure across teat ends to help remove excess keratin buildup that is ready to come off, and properly clean teat ends. Milkers should closely inspect teat ends to make sure they are clean before attaching the unit. Instill a “rub, no pick” policy when cleaning teat ends. 5. OPTIMIZE THE HOUSING ENVIRONMENT. During colder weather, it becomes even more important to adjust cows’ housing environment to make sure they have plenty of dry, clean bedding. This might mean using more bedding, and bedding more frequently. 6. PLENTY OF CLEAN FRESH WATER . Make sure water troughs are cleaned .. • Recommended cycles for cleaning • Recommended chemical concentrations for each cycle (ISO 5707) .