Milking Systems

Milking Systems covers the UK mainland and undertakes a number of tests to ensure optimum milking conditions are achieved, the tests include –
 
Static Milking Machine Testing 
We are the largest independent provider of milking machine tests in the UK and this wealth of knowledge allows us to pick up faults and issues that others may not. 
• We thoroughly test to 6690 British/ISO Standard flagging up any faults that will be causing milking machine mastitis and affecting cow health rather than just providing the test certificate for farm assurance purposes.
• Typically we find faults on 70% of the parlours we test. Increasingly, we are finding faults on new parlours and upgrades – consider consulting us before you pay your final instalment.
 
• As final food for thought, research has shown that, on average, 26% of mastitis is caused in the parlour.
 
Dynamic Testing
A dynamic test combines the milking machine, the cow and the operator. It is a fantastic insight into how all three interact with each other. 
 There are several key areas a dynamic evaluates that a static test fails to measure:
 
• Actual teat end vacuum level
This is the ONLY way to assess the correct static vacuum level settings. The vacuum gauge has no correlation to what is going on at the teat end i.e. it is different for every single parlour.
 
• Correct pre milking preparation
This will confirm if adequate teat preparation has been exercised to ensure speedy let down
 
• Degree of under/over milking
The only accurate way of determining when the milk flow stops and allows precise setting of the ACR’s.
 
• A dynamic test will measure when milk flow starts and hence routines can be adjusted to maximise this, saving both time for the operator and extended teat exposure to vacuum for the cow.
 
All these factors can contribute to teat end damage and rising cellcounts.
We then provide a comprehensive written report with solutions to these problems. Finally, the test acts as a great training tool for new staff.
 
Wash Cycle Testing
The best bactoscans annually roll at 6. Many milk buyers penalise above 30.
•  A wash cycle test measures performance of the plant whilst washing. It measures temperature distribution within the system, the sequence, timing and concentration of the chemical in the wash.
 
• We then provide a comprehensive report with recommendations.
 
Stray Voltage Testing
Very low voltages can have an adverse effect on cell counts and studies have shown that just 0.2 of a volt can increase cell count. Just 2 volts can stop cows entering the milking point and also make them very uneasy. The stray voltage test can detect these very small changes and provide solutions in mitigating or eradicating the effect of stray voltage.
 

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