The 7 Habits
of Highly Successful
UW Milk Quality introduces this new video series focusing on how to effectively milk cows to produce high quality milk. Dr. Pamela Ruegg from the University of Wisconsin discusses the science behind effective milking routine in seven practical habits.
Goals and Objectives
Habit 1: Calm and Clean
The first habit of a successful milking routine begins before the cows even enter the milking parlor. Keeping cows clean and calm will not only impact the speed at which cows get milked, but also the rate new mastitis infections can develop
in the herd.
Habit 2: Cows are Grouped
Dairy cows can be managed in groups for not only nutritional and reproductive reasons, but also for milk quality. Join Dr. Pamela Ruegg in this episode to learn how to develop a milking plan to ensure the production of high quality milk without transmitting mastitis pathogens throughout the herd.
Habit 3: Consistent Premilking Preparation and Habit 4: Teats are Clean and Dry
Dr. Pamela Ruegg takes us through steps three and four of the ’7 Habits of Highly Successful Milking Routines.’ Step 3 is all about the consistent premilking preparation: forestripping for stimulation and detection of mild cases of mastitis. Step 4 stresses the importance of disinfection and drying of teats to ensure that milk is obtained in a hygienic manner.
Habit 5: Units are Properly Attached and Habit 6: Units are Removed when Milking is Completed
Habit 7: After the Milking Units are Removed
We’ve finally reached the seventh habit of the series. The last habit of a successful milking routine focuses on managing the cows once the milk units are removed. Dr. Pamela Ruegg talks post-milking teat dipping and returning to fresh feed.
The Complete Milking Routine: Unabridged
This last video of the 7 Highly Successful Milking Routines series features the complete milking routine, unabridged. From start to finish, you can see the entire milking process featuring UWMQ tips and recommendations.