OAD milking is the practice of milking cows only once during a 24 hour period. This differs from the traditional twice a day (TAD) milking regime.
Key reasons why farmers consider OAD milking:
- Less time spent milking cows
- Reduce staff pressure
- Feed shortage
- Stock health (lame cows, light cows, heifers, milk-fever prone cows)
- Reproduction (non-cyclers, heifers, or whole herd in a feed shortage)
- Small dairy shed for herd size
- Farm layout (walking distance to shed).