We are now offering a Dynamic Parlour Testing service, which will be carried out by James Patterson our vet with a particular interest in milking parlour optimisation and mastitis, using the latest technology in testing equipment.
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 work flow of the milking routine. 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 are highlighted by vacuum readings from different points in the cluster.
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 read outs from the testing equipment and can point to cluster alignment, vacuum or liner design issues.
The vacuum applied at the level of the teat end – assesses if vacuum is set too high/low
If you are having mastitis or high SCC issues, a dynamic assessment can help detect problems in the parlour and milking routine and should be undertaken as part of a mastitis control plan. A report will be produced from the visit and James will come back and discuss the points highlighted from the visit. They will make practical suggestions to help reduce the risk of mastitis from the parlour. If you are interested in more information please phone James Patterson on 07774795700