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The Need - Controlling the milking process
Animal health is directly correlated to the quality of milking and milking equipment.
Monitoring milking, controlling pulsation and cluster removal and ensuring uniform milking procedures are essential for precision milking.
Mastitis and reduced milk production are often correlated to unstable milking processes. Over-milking and long cluster-on-teat time, along with poor quality equipment, can increase sensitivity to udder disease.
Poor efficiency of milking directly affects parlor throughput and working hours of farm personnel.
Automation stabilizes milking processes and procedures and ensures proper preparation of cows for milking. Additional monitoring tools and software modules follow up these procedures, correct errors and adjust milking operation sequences to guarantee a precise milking process.
Afimilk offers different milking control and monitoring measures based on the integration of its accurate milk meter (AfiMilk MPC) and powerful AfiFarm management software.
- Milking point control for precision milking:
- Automated stoppage of milking when milk flow drops to prevent over-milking
- Pulsation control – various pulsation programs for local needs
- Monitoring the milking procedures:
- Alerts to milking irregularities and unnecessary second attachments
- Assessment of milking procedure integrity (cow preparation) and alerts to milking bi-modality
- Target calculation for time of milking vs. actual claw on time
- Assessment indicators for milking efficiency and time wasted during milking
- Alerts/indications for equipment malfunctions which negatively affect udder health
From Our Users
Ben Loewith, Summitholme Dairy, Canada: "Over the course of two weeks we might have 14 different people doing the milking. Reports from the milking parlor show the flow rate in the first 15 seconds, the average milking time per cow and the number of reattaches in the parlor. You really start to see the difference between different employees and how they're milking the cows. This gives us the opportunity to manage those milkers."
Precision milking, together with proper cow preparation for milking and minimizing vacuum on teat time, reduces exposure to udder disease. This results in an estimated 20-40% decrease in loss from mastitis.
By reducing individual cow milking time and improving milking procedures, parlor throughput can rise by up to 10%. This allows farms to milk 10% more cows in the same facility.