Detection, correction, and prevention of milking equipment problems on dairy farms

Teat-end congestion. Teat-end congestion might occur if the d-phase is too short.

As herds aspire to achieve higher levels of milk production and milk quality there is a need for more focused management of all areas of the farm. The management of the milking center and its associated equipment is no exception to this. In order to achieve success with the milking center the first step is to document what the current baseline is for all the major areas affecting the milking center. For this paper, I will be specifically focusing on the milking equipment portion of a baseline data set but when evaluating farms it is very important to remember that all the components are interwoven together and influence each other.

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