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The 7 Habits of Highly Successful Milking Routines

This video/podcast series focuses on how to effectively milk cows to produce high quality milk. Dr. Pamela Ruegg will discuss the science behind effective milking routine in seven practical habits.


Goals and Objective

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

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Calm and Clean

In episode 2 of this series, Dr. Pamela Ruegg presents the first habit of a successful milking routine, and it 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.

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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.

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Premilking Cow Preparation

Dr. Pamela Ruegg takes us through steps three and four of the '7 Habits of Highly Successful Milking Routines.' Step 3 is 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.

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Attaching, Aligning and Removing Milking Units

Steps 5 and 6 of our 7 Habits video series are about properly attaching and removing milking units and understanding the dangers of overmilking.

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After the Milking Units are Removed

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.

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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 tips and recommendations.

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