With shorter milkings you can improve staff satisfaction, lessen mastitis, and reduce lameness. You don’t have to wait until the end of the season to determine the impact of changes. If something hasn't worked, it's easy to change back at the next milking.
To improve milking efficiency:
- if you experience waiting during milking, start with milking duration.
- if you are removing clusters with no milk visible in the sight glass, or ACRs are coming off before you get to them, start with milking routine.
Explore opportunities to refine milking machine settings and implement management strategies to control total herd milking time.
Refine individual components of the milking routine to improve efficiency and reduce milking time.
Moving the herd to and from the dairy, as well as ensuring cows comfort on dairy entry and exit are important parts of the milking process.