Milking routine and its effect on milk quality

The aim of the milking routine is to milk clean, dry teats with a correctly functioning milking machine as efficiently as possible, with minimal risk to udder health while maintaining milk quality. Milk buyers want low somatic cell counts and Bactoscan counts without any medicine residues. It’s easy to say, but more difficult to achieve as many herds are getting bigger and labour is becoming more difficult to recruit. This article highlights the key points that we need to achieve at milking to produce good quality milk.