September 26, 2011

milking management

Milking Management

M.D. Ramussen and D.J. Reinemann
Describes the milking routine and implications of the automation of parts or all of the milking processes.

Managing for Milk Quality

Dr. Pamela Ruegg, Dairy Science Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Assesses dairy management factors that affect milk quality.

Ten Smart Things Dairy Farms do to Achieve Milking Excellence

Dr. Pamela Ruegg, Dairy Science Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Practices utilized by dairy producers to improve the production of milk.

The Effect of Manual Forestripping on Milking Performance of Holstein Dairy Cows

Wagner, A.M. and P.L. Ruegg, Department of Dairy Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Evaluates the effects of forestripping as a premilking udder stimulation technique on milk yield, milking unit attachment time, and milk flow rates in low and high producing Holstein dairy cattle.


The UW Milk Quality series, The 7 Habits of Highly Successful Milking Routines focuses 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, each with its own episode.

Goals and Objectives

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

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

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.