We are now offering a Dynamic Parlour Testing service, using the latest technology in testing equipment. This will be carried out by our vet Joe Mitchell - Joe has a particular interest in milking parlour optimisation and mastitis. By combining an on-farm visit with an analysis of the farms' mastitis data, a bespoke plan can be created to reduce mastitis and improve parlour efficiency.
A dynamic test should normally be performed in conjunction with a static test, allowing the static test to detect and correct any mechanical faults before the dynamic test is performed.
There are several key areas a dynamic test can evaluate that a static test cannot measure:
- Pre milking teat preparation – poor udder stimulation and delayed milk let down causing biphasic milking can be easily identified.
- Over milking – commonly a cause of teat end damage and caused by a number of reasons including incorrect ACR takeoff settings.
- Liner slippage – picked up on readouts from the testing equipment and can point to cluster alignment, vacuum or liner design issues.
- System vacuum level - we can monitor the actual vacuum level applied to the teat during milking.
As well as the actual dynamic machine test, a number of other important interactions in the parlour are recorded during a milking observation, including teat end scoring, assessment of pre and post dipping/spraying, cluster alignment and the workflow of the milking routine.
A report will be produced from the visit and Joe will come back to discuss the points highlighted during the visit. The report will include practical suggestions to help reduce the risk of mastitis in the parlour.
If you are interested in more information please phone Joe Mitchell on 07773342345