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Record and review self-evaluation checklist for daily milking parlour maintenance inspection
Solution name: Record and review self-evaluation checklist for daily milking parlour maintenance inspection
Aim: Optimal use and maintenance of milking parlour equipment in between of routine service calls, in order to ensure high-quality milk harvesting while safeguarding sheep health and welfare.
Besides routine service calls, milking equipment checks, and maintenance tasks should be performed prior to and after every milking shift to catch problems early and ensure optimal function of milking parlour. Such scheduled procedures minimize the risk for machine-induced mastitis, increase milk production and improve milk quality, while animal health and welfare are protected.
Animal Category: Ewe
Issue: Maintenance and adjustment of milking machines
Level of Solution: Knowledge, Practical
How to implement it
Before and after every milking, staff should complete the equipment control by checking all hoses for tears, checking for unwanted moisture or debris in clear hoses, making sure liners are not twisted, checking for plugged claw vents, turning on each milking unit and inserting fingers in liner to make sure the liner is opening and closing, recording system gauge vacuum and listening for irregular sounds and air leaks. If anything is not functioning properly, management should be notified immediately. All the aforementioned components will be organised in a checklist that will be pinned up on display in the parlour and will be accompanied by a seperate table on which gauge vacuum before and after each milking will be recorded, along with pottential issues that may require attention.
Minimized risk for machine-induced mastitis, improved milk quality, increased milk production, protection of animal health and welfare.
Prerequisites and/or limits
- Basic understanding of milking equipment function
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