The Importance of Milking Parlor Hygiene
Preparing your milking routine is one of the most vital steps to ensure that you get clean, healthy milk from your herd. One of the most important places to clean is the milking parlor to prevent the spread of bacteria to your milk products and your cows. Neglecting to clean your milking parlor can result in a high somatic cell count, which indicates mastitis levels in your herd, and other bacterial infections, leaving you with a poorer end product. Because of this, it is essential that you establish a thorough cleaning process for your milking parlor.
Let's review some of the most significant benefits of maintaining milking parlor hygiene so that you know just how important it is to keep your environment clean:
Herd Health. Keeping the environment you milk your herd in clean improves the herd's overall health. Disinfecting your cow's teats and any other surfaces the animal may meet will keep your herd in excellent health and prevent the spreading of bacterial infections. Make sure that when you're disinfecting the parlor, you use warm water, an approved disinfectant solution, and rubber gloves while following a standardized level of cleaning to ensure safe practices.
Medication. Improved herd health means less of a need for the use of medicines and antibiotics in your herd, saving you time trying to cure your herd. It will also save you a good amount of money paying for expensive vet bills and the cost of antibiotics!
Efficiency. Establishing a hygiene routine to keep your herd healthy year-round will create a much more efficient milking process. Healthy cows reduce the workload that you would have if your herd were suffering from illness and ensure large quantities of healthy milk. In short, healthy cows means more milk and more profits for you!
Milk Quality. As we said, healthy cows mean healthy milk! Clean environments and cows create clean milk you can sell to other companies. Many manufacturers of dairy products have high standards for the milk they use, so it's crucial that you do everything you can to create the best milk possible to increase your chances of getting your milk sold. Healthy cows typically generate more milk, giving you more milk to sell.
Positive Reputation. Maintaining hygienic procedures at your workplace will give you a positive reputation in the milking industry, making buyers and employees happier. These policies will send a strong message about your company's values and care for the health and safety of the public.
PBI Parlor Systems is a leading manufacturer of milking stalls and equipment for dairies worldwide. Our stalls are engineered to be the best solution for maintaining cow safety and dairy efficiency, as they are all custom-built and designed to meet your dairy farm's unique requirements. We also pride ourselves on our excellent customer service, from the free quote we give you through the completed installation and even after a sale to ensure our equipment meets your needs as you use it. Visit our website to get started today!