A wide variety of milking machine faults can result from extended use.
"Wear & tear" plus age can cause gradual changes in performance.
Because these changes are often quite subtle and occur over a period of time, they can often be difficult to notice, even though they are occuring right in front of you.
Milking plants that average 4 hours running time per day will clock up 1460 working hours in a year.
In the same amount of time, a car may do over 120,000 kms - you certainly wouldn't drive your car for that long without a service!
Your machines should be fully tested and documented in line with current AMMTA milking machine testing procedures at least once per year - more often if you think something is not right.
Extra tests should also be done after any service work or upgrades have been done to the plant.
As part of every test, you should always receive a full written report - this is essential for many processor quality control programs.
The standard AMMTA test is a "dry" test which should not be confused with milking time testing.
Milking time testing may be thought of as a "road test" of the milking plant, as the plant is being tested whilst operating under normal milking conditions.
It takes the testing and understanding of how your machines impact on your cows, their teats and the risk of mastitis to another level, and is a critically important part of understanding the mastitis risk on any farm.
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or call the Dairy Focus office on (03) 58590706.