Healthy Udder can only work if it’s in the dairy, amongst the action. Whether you milk cows or not, make sure your copy of Healthy Udder gets to the farm dairy.
Assemble it, get familiar with its contents and then work out, with your herd manager, how best to implement Healthy Udder.
Developed in consultation with vets and milk quality advisors to support dairy company milk quality programmes, Healthy Udder provides 'good practice' in a visual, easy-to-follow format.
Talk to your vet or milk quality advisor about specific training for your farm team. More copies can be ordered through the DairyNZ website.
Healthy Udder – for all herd managers
Keeping udders healthy is about doing the right thing, every cow, every milking, every day. Often, it’s your team that needs to make sure this happens, and Healthy Udder can help.
Healthy Udder provides a handy reference to keep udders free from mastitis.
It can be used to set up daily systems and procedures, to upskill members of the milking team, and for new members to the team. Your skills and knowledge will also develop as you become more familiar with Healthy Udder.
Make use of your advisors, such as vets and milk quality advisors, to help reinforce procedures for stripping cows or treating clinical cases. They can help you develop standard operating procedures, based on Healthy Udder, that provide your team with ownership of procedures that keep udders healthy on the farm.
Healthy Udder – for everyone milking cows
Keeping udders healthy helps cows milk better and helps dayto-day routines run more smoothly.
At the start of Healthy Udder you will find the ‘preventfind-treat’ matrix, which summarises all the SmartSAMM recommended practices for cows at different stages of lactation. It also provides a handy navigation aid for Healthy Udder.
Start with pages prevent 1, find 1 and treat 1. These are skills that are mastered in the first few days of milking cows, Healthy Udder helps explain why these are important for keeping udders healthy.
Pages later in each section describe tasks that require more skill and knowledge to perform. Assess your own competency against Healthy Udder. Seek opportunities to practise these skills and gain training from more experienced people on the farm, or farm advisors.
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Communication and team work becomes easier when everyone in the team is working in the same way.
Healthy Udder provides the common ground, helping the whole team use the same language, the same processes and procedures, and make the same decisions, to keep udders healthy.
This article was originally published in Inside Dairy October 2011