Knowledgebase of Frequently Asked Questions - What happens when liners exceed the correct liner change interval?
As liners age they begin to stretch and lose tension, compromising their ability to properly massage the teat and maintain the blood supply.
Excessively worn liners tend to result in:
- Increased milking times
- Increased amounts of milk left in the udder
- Increased risk of teat end damage
- Increased risk of cup slips and falls
- Increased risk of spread of mastitis bacteria
This deterioration is a gradual but steady process which results in a progressive increase in the risk of mastitis - you may not even notice the early changes, but the mastitis risk is steadily increasing.
If you do change your liners and you notice a difference in milking performance, then the old liners were definitely in for too long - and the mastitis risk is likely to have increased significantly.