Small hole makes big difference in local dairies
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.