Best Milking Practices Result in High Quality
Best Milking Practices Result in High Quality — Clarion County — Penn State Extension
Proper milking techniques and milking practices lead to a higher quality product and, at the same time, protect the health of the cow. Thirteen dairy producers, farm managers, and milkers from three counties participated in a one-day Best Milking Practices workshop at the Extension office in Youngsville on March 8 in order to learn the application of these practices. Ginger Fenton, Penn State Dairy Educator, presented the workshop and hands-on training was hosted by Lindell Farms, Lander, PA.
Health and Quality
The health of the animals is of paramount importance to producing quality milk. Teat health, the best prepping procedure to reduce the risk of mastitis, and the importance of early detection of clinical mastitis were emphasized, including the use of a strip cup, pre-stripping, milking gloves, and CMT testing. Tools and tips for monitoring milking performance and how to milk for speed were also part of the workshop. Two SmartStart credits provided by AgChoice were available to participants completing the Best Milking Practices workshop.
Best Milking Practices can be customized and/or taught in Spanish, according to the needs of individual farms or for small groups.
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