Small hole makes big dif­fer­ence in lo­cal dairies

Farm World News - - Farm World 2016 -

If there is one great tru­ism in dairy farm­ing, it would be that the more com­fort­able the cows are dur­ing milk­ing, the higher the milk pro­duc­tion.

It is also true that if cross­con­tam­i­na­tion can be re­duced dur­ing the milk­ing process, there is less chance of mas­ti­tis spread­ing from quar­ter to quar­ter.

Fi­nally, we have a so­lu­tion for dairy farm­ers that ad­dresses both of these is­sues – Mouth­piece Vented (MV) Tri­an­gu­lar Lin­ers in­serted in a light weight in­dus­trial strength plas­tic shell from Milkrite UK.

For many cows, the milk­ing ex­pe­ri­ence isn’t so re­lax­ing! Sen­si­tive or dam­aged teats can be caused by the com­bi­na­tion of poor sys­tem vac­uum, heavy shells and round milk­ing lin­ers, which col­lapse on two sides cre­at­ing a “pinch point” at the end of the teat dur­ing milk­ing.

Many farm­ers have tried dif­fer­ent shaped lin­ers, liner vents and light­weight shells with mixed re­sults. How­ever, for over 10 years Milkrite have sold their award win­ning tri­an­gu­lar liner and moulded tri­an­gu­lar shell com­bi­na­tion – de­liv­er­ing much gen­tler milk­ing of the teat as pres­sure is dis­trib­uted more evenly from three sides without pinch­ing!

By adding a small vent to the mouth­piece (top of the liner) three years ago, Milkrite now have the only liner in the world with this tech­nol­ogy and it’s fast be­com­ing one of the best lin­ers for milk­ing cows on the mar­ket.

The Milkrite tri­an­gu­lar shell and liner range is easy to in­stall and fits the ma­jor­ity of claws cur­rently in use. How­ever, two key changes are re­quired; the first in­volves clos­ing off the air ad­mis­sion hole in the claw and the sec­ond, hav­ing a qual­i­fied tech­ni­cian fine tune the pul­sa­tion set­tings for op­ti­mum per­for­mance.

Now that the air is in­tro­duced above the milk, it is taken away more quickly with no “Splash­back” – sig­nif­i­cantly re­duc­ing cross con­tam­i­na­tion.

Bren­dan McGarth (Daviesway Tech­ni­cal Sales Man­ager – Gipp­s­land) who has been in the dairy in­dus­try for over 20 years com­mented; “Have a look when you take the cups off at your next milk­ing, if the teats are a blue/re­dish colour then you have “con­ges­tion is­sues,” the MV tri­an­gu­lar liner and shell com­bi­na­tion is proven to im­prove con­ges­tion prob­lems.”

Gipp­s­land farm­ers in­clud­ing An­drew Edey, (12 unit swing over - Maf­fra), Wilco Drop­pet (30 unit Dou­ble up - Sale), An­drew Gaul (40 unit Ro­tary – War­ragul), Craig Al­lot (20 unit Swing over - Toora), Clare Porter (18 unit Swing over – Yar­ram), Bert Van­box­tel (40 unit Ro­tary – Catani), Wi­jbren Boer ( 50 unit Ro­tary – Nar Nar Goon)… are just some of 130 farm­ers Aus­tralia wide us­ing MV Tri­an­gu­lar Lin­ers.

This group of farm­ers all ex­pe­ri­enced some im­prove­ments; bet­ter milk qual­ity and milk­ing speed, lower SSCs, re­duc­tion in cup slips

Right: Milkrite Vented Liner. and mas­ti­tis cases. How­ever the num­ber one com­ment was the im­prove­ment in teat con­di­tion af­ter switch­ing to MV Tri­an­gu­lar liner.

Bren­dan also com­mented that; “Daviesway sell many liner types, round, square, wide bore, nar­row bore, all aimed at achiev­ing the best pos­si­ble fit to the cows teat. The MV Tri­an­gu­lar liner and light­weight shell com­bi­na­tion has given us a greater abil­ity to tackle the tough is­sues that Gipp­s­land farm­ers face ev­ery win­ter dur­ing milk­ing and im­pact on their bot­tom line.”

“When I talk to farm­ers who have prob­lems on farm I’m able to source in­forma- tion from the best and most ex­pe­ri­enced tech­ni­cians and dealer net­work team in Aus­tralia – The Milkrite so­lu­tion is by no means a sil­ver bul­let, but cer­tainly a pow­er­ful ad­di­tion to our so­lu­tion tool­box.”

World­wide Milkrite are con­vert­ing the very big­gest and best dairy farms to MV Tri­an­gu­lar lin­ers and al­ready has over 30 per cent of the US liner mar­ket. How­ever, what makes this prod­uct so good is that it’s an af­ford­able so­lu­tion for all farm­ers striv­ing for im­proved milk­ing per­for­mance and an­i­mal health.

Above: Maf­fra Dairy farmer An­drew Edey ( left) with Milkrite Global Sales Di­rec­tor Derek Davies – very happy with re­sults achieved since mak­ing the change to MV Tri­an­gu­lar Lin­ers.

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