Milking equipment is often overlooked as a critical component of milk quality. Poorly maintained equipment can damage cows’ teats and affect milk quality. Watch for these common malfunctions:
Equipment malfunctions allow bacteria to reside in cows’ mammary systems longer, putting them at a higher risk of infection.
To avoid equipment malfunctions, check for proper vacuum in the teat cups and ensure pulsators are functioning properly. Also make sure liners are properly installed in the milking shells.
Knowing how to monitor milking equipment can help prevent production loss, allowing your operation to continue producing a high-quality milk product.