Cluster during and after milking - IMQCS

Cluster during and after milking
• Clean cluster.
• Drop down hoses.
• Good quality liners
and tubing.
• Seals and shut off
• Air bleeds Clear.
• Visibly clean.
Main Milking machine faults
• Incorrect milk line fall
Milking Machine faults
• Milk Entries
Milking Machine faults
• Restrictions of long milk tube.
Milking Machine faults
• Length of Long milk tubes
Milking Machine Faults
Faulty pulsation
Vacuum (Farm vacuum gauges incorrect)
Inadequate vacuum reserve
Blocked Claw piece air bleeds
Worn or twisted liners
Inability of milk pump to clear jars
Wrong fall in milk line
Milk enteries not in top third.
Milking Practice Issues
• Minimise teat end damage.
• Taking clusters off under vacuum. 1 in 3
herds it is a problem.(blocked air bleeds,
faulty buttons, hard water areas).
• Over milking.
• Excessive air loss at cluster change
• Parlour not set up for milking through
recorder jars.
Infection Control
Fore milking with no gloves.
Spread of infection from cow to cow
Poor hygiene. ( cubicles and parlour)
No proper teat dipping.
Poor quality Teat condition.
No records cannot ID problem cows
Preventing Mastitis
• Clean and dry cubicles and calving boxes
• Fully serviced milking parlour. ( Teat
• All milkers wear gloves. Pre spray and dry
wipe dirty cows.
• All fresh calvers fore milked for first 10
• Avoid over milking and cross infection.
• Post spray all cows after milking i.e
750mls/50 cows/milking.
Mastitis/SCC outbreak ’09;
(>250,000 or 2 to 3 cases
Wear Gloves
Pre spray and dry wipe with paper towel.
Cluster dip after problem cows.
Post spray all cows. 15 mls/cow/milking
Milk Record.
Cull chronic cows with 3 tests over 1
million or Dry problem quarter.
• The damage these cows do to a herd
cannot be overestimated.