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Modern Dairy Farms and Hygiene
August 27th, 2015
For the end consumer, obtaining milk that is clean and free of harmful bacteria is a must. But how can modern dairy farms ensure that high standards of hygiene are upheld? Using innovative techniques and high quality milking machinery is one thing; day to day administration is another. The milk must be tested and analyzed regularly. Improvement in working methods will also be essential in meeting the requirements which are put forward by local government and international law. Using smart systems like the AfiWash Washing Control, it is easier to keep up a satisfactory wash regime in the milking parlor. With this type of program, the inside of the milk lines can be rinsed regularly ensuring that the level of hygiene remains very high.
Even though the site where the milking actually takes place is the most critical when it comes to the sanitation and hygiene, studies have shown that there are other factors which also can influence the quality of the milk.
Modern Dairy Farms and Hygiene
Today, milking machinery has a central role in the production of milk on modern dairy farms and Afimilk’s solutions are developed to meet the need for proper care of the animals to keep their health as well as high standards of hygiene. However, it is not only the sanitary condition of the machinery that determines the level of hygiene. A study which was published in 2006 showed that factors such as cluster pick-up between milking and the type of bedding material also affected bacterial contamination of milking clusters and the bulk tank milk. The study’s conclusion was that modern dairy farms must look at more than just the microbial contamination of the actual milking machine when assessing levels of hygiene.
Machine Milking and Mastitis
While modern automated milk production techniques can be highly effective, an important question is the health of the cows and how it will affect their milk. Opponents to the idea of machine milking put forth the claim that the procedure increases the rate of mastitis. Mastitis in cows can lead to a reduction of the levels of lactoferrin, potassium and the protein casein in the milk.
However, there is really no cause for concern because in fact, automated milking in itself is not the source of mastitis. Rather, careless milking and improper usage of equipment cause the condition. Therefore, as part of their hygiene routine, dairy farmers should educate everyone who is involved in the milking process as to the proper use of the machinery. Conscientious administration is also important in order to avoid over milking, which is another cause of mastitis. The automation offered by Afimilk’s solutions stabilizes the milking processes and leads to precisely regulated milking which is very important to the animals’ health.
Working with the Best Equipment
To achieve the best end results and maintain the highest level of hygiene in the milking process, it is important to be sure to work with the best equipment and smart milking monitoring measures like the AfiMilk MPC and the AfiFarm management software. Using good quality equipment that is backed up by human beings who understand both the machinery and the animals, it is easier to adjust and make the changes needed to keep the modern dairy farms healthy and hygienic, both for the cows and goats that live there, and for the humans working there.