It is only a tiny part of your milking plant, and it can sometimes be very unobtrusively placed, but it is critical to the ability of your milking plant to function correctly.
Naturally this tiny part of your plant is the claw air admission hole.
Russell and Stuart both manage family farms milking about 450 cows in a rotary dairy without automatic cup removers.
In the couple of months leading up to and just after Christmas, both farms had seen a rise in Bulk Milk Cell Count (BMCC) and both had experienced an increased number of clinical cases of mastitis.
Interestingly, both Russell and Stuart had a suspicion that something about their milking process was influencing their risk of mastitis.
Recently, I dropped one of the family cars into the service centre in the morning for what I expected to be a normal routine service.
It was a big surprise a couple of hours later to sit listening on one end of the phone as the mechanic ran through a list of items on the car that needed attention.
But my mood seriously worsened when he told me the total estimated cost!
Dictionaries variously describe the meaning of the word “residue” as being a “remnant”, or “something which remains after a part is removed”.
Prior to July 1945, no human had radioactive residues due to nuclear weapons.
However, the situation now is dramatically different - every human on earth has some level of residue in their body from the fallout of nuclear weapons.
During a recent farm visit, routine milking time testing of the milking machines in this dairy quickly showed that the system vacuum was at 39 kPa – very low for a highline swingover herringbone!
We immediately went looking for the dairy’s vacuum gauge, and after a brief Sherlock Holmes detective effort, we finally found the gauge way up high in the middle of a mass of pipework, facing towards one side of the herringbone.