milking efficiency

  1. Teat cup liners

    Explore the benefits of good teat cup liner selection and maintenance.

  2. Rotary routine

    Rotaries make up about 30% of farm dairies in New Zealand, and have become popular due to milking efficiency in larger herds.

  3. Herringbone routine

    There’s room to save time in almost all herringbone dairies, the key to improving efficiency is to use a consistent milking routine for all milkers.

  4. MaxT - rotary

    A step-by-step guide explaining the basics of implementing a maximum milking time (MaxT) in a rotary dairy.

  5. MaxT - Herringbone

    A step-by-step guide explaining the basics of implementing a maximum milking time (MaxT) in a herringbone dairy.

  6. Milking efficiently

    Simple changes saving seconds per cow quickly add up to minutes saved per milking, and hours saved per day.

  7. Milking

    Milking efficiently helps to create an attractive workplace for staff as well as maximising time out in the paddock for cows.

  8. Milking by time with MaxT

    MaxT shortens milking times by as much as 30 percent.

  9. Farmers becoming the experts

    DairyNZ is encouraging farmers who’ve had success with Milksmart to share their knowledge with others.

  10. Shorter milking attracts staff

    Find out how milking efficiency helps to attract and retain staff through better labour management.

  11. Milking shake-up improves efficiency

    Shannon and Cass Rolls have achieved life-changing results by improving milking routines on their Canterbury farm – at very little extra cost.

  12. Electricity Efficiency

    Some dairy farms are using three times as much electricity as others for the same milk-solids production. Overall, dairy farmers could save $42 million a year through cost effective technologies and simple actions.

  13. Blueprints and building

    Information and example dairy layouts to assist with project management.

  14. Moving cattle

    Understanding how cows experience the world differently to us can make moving cattle much easier on your farm.

  15. The Rotary Entry

    Improve cow flow and milking efficiency by ensuring the connection between the yard and inside of the dairy is well designed.

  16. Bail and Cupping Area

    Good platform design can help keep cows and people safe and it helps cow flow into the dairy.

  17. The Rotary Exit

    The design of dairy exit races can have a big impact on how quickly cows leave the milking platform, and how easily they can be drafted.

  18. Rotary Design

    Making sure cows are comfortable while entering and exiting the dairy as well as during milking, will have big benefits for cow flow and efficiency.

  19. Parlour model

    If you are considering replacing your dairy or doing major upgrades, use this tool to help evaluate the size and type of dairy you need.

  20. Track Building

    Understanding the principles and process involved in building a track should help when dealing with contractors.

  21. Track and Yard

    Moving the herd to and from the dairy is an important part of the milking process, it affects animal welfare and milking efficiency.

  22. Herringbone Design

    Making sure cows are comfortable while entering and exiting the dairy as well as during milking, will have big benefits for cow flow and efficiency.

  23. Yard and handling facilities

    Well integrated cattle handling facilities make completing animal health tasks more efficient and safer for stock handlers and cows.

  24. Dairy Stockmanship

    Milking is a key time where people and stock interact. Maximise animal health, minimise injuries to people and cows and get milking running smoothly with good dairy stockmanship.

  25. Milking

    Create an attractive workplace for staff and maximise time out in the paddock for cows by milking efficiently.

  26. New Dairies and Technology

    Considering an update or replacing your dairy? Check out our guides for help with decision-making, example blueprints and info about various technologies.

  27. Do you need an upgrade?

    Big projects often require a large outlay. Check out our helpful advice and tips here.

  28. Herringbone Exit

    Exit races should be designed to enable easy drafting and ensure cows can leave the platform quickly and safely.

  29. Herringbone Entry

    The connection between the yard and the inside of the dairy should be designed to encourage cows to enter, and improve cow flow.

  30. Bail and Pit

    The design of the milking bail, pipework and pit are important factors in welfare and ensuring good cow flow into the dairy.

  31. Backing gates

    If a backing gate is well designed and used correctly it can help to improve cow flow into the dairy.

  32. Yard cleaning

    Reducing the time spent washing yards requires an efficient routine and careful design of holding yard and wash down systems.

  33. Handling facilities

    Well integrated cattle handling facilities make it quicker and safer to complete animal health tasks for both stock handlers and cows.

  34. Yard Features

    Well designed and maintained yards maximise cow flow, eliminate the need for milkers to leave the pit, and minimise lameness.

  35. Training heifers

    Heifers are valuable stock and their introduction to the milking herd requires time and patience.

  36. Managing animal health

    Ensuring animal health issues are dealt with effectively is very important, particularly as herd sizes become larger.

  37. Drenching in the milking routine

    If done correctly the drenching process can be fitted into the normal milking routine with ease and without any substantial increase in milking times.

  38. Cluster removal

    All milkers should know how to remove clusters correctly - clusters which are left on too long result in over-milking, liner creep and teat end damage.

  39. Teat spraying

    Teat spraying is critical for maintaining teat skin health and controlling mastitis during lactation.

  40. Milk let-down

    The milk let down reflex stimulates milk flow from the alveoli in the udder into the teat canal.

  41. Teat washing

    Teat preparation before milking can involve the cleaning and/or massaging of teats before the cups are attached.

  42. Cluster attachment

    Attaching clusters is a major part of the milking routine and if not done correctly can cause teat damage, cup slipping, and lead to mastitis.

  43. Cleaning systems

    Maintain milk quality by aiming to remove all milk residues and destroy any resident bacteria.

  44. Pulsation and vacuum

    Get pulsation right and maintain a high flow rate from the teat while stimulating milk flow.

  45. Milk cooling

    Milk cooling affects milk quality. The quicker the milk is cooled after milking, the better the quality when it is collected from the farm.

  46. Plant cleaning

    Discover the benefits of ensuring you have the correct cleaning process.

  47. Milking clusters

    Improve efficiency and animal health with clusters that suit the milking system, cows, and the milkers.

  48. Teat cup liners

    Explore the benefits of good teat cup liner selection and maintenance.

  49. The Milking Plant

    How various parts of the milking plant work, how they should be maintained and cleaned for the smooth operation of your dairy.

  50. Dairy environments

    Creating a good dairy environment is key to an efficient milking. This includes dairy design and milker behaviour.

  51. Track and yard intersection

    The surface of the yard is different to the track and it can be a common problem area for cows. The intersection needs to be well designed and maintained.

  52. Multiple mobs

    Tips to manage multiple mobs in a way that will minimise their impact on the milking routine.