September 22, 2011


7 habits

The 7 Habits
of Highly Successful
Milking Routines
Video Series

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.

factsheet: The 7 Habits of Highly Successful Milking Routines
factsheet: 7 Hábitos para una Rutina de Ordeñe Exitosa

Goals and Objectives

goals and objectivesThis first episode begins with the basics and highlights the goals and objectives of having an effective milking routine.

Habit 1: Calm and Clean

habit 1The 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

3Dairy 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

mqdefaultDr. 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

Steps 5 and 6 of our ‘7 Habits of Highly Successful Milking Routines’ video series are about properly attaching and removing milking units and understanding the dangers of over milking.

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

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.