Source: Mastitis Network
- All operators responsible for milking should always follow a consistent routine and go through the recommended steps in the proper order.
- First, wash and disinfect your hands thoroughly and put clean gloves on
- .Disinfect your hands regularly during milking to avoid contamination.
- Provide a clean, low-stress environment for the animals.
Suggested milking order to avoid the spread of mastitis-causing bacteria:
- Healthy cows.
- Cows with a questionable health status (recent purchase, fresh, post-treatment).
- Cows with chronic mastitis.
- Cows with an infection caused by a contagious pathogen.
Step-by-Step Milking Procedure
In the milking parlour, the foremilk can be stripped on the floor, but never into the hand since this can promote further contamination. Forestrip all quarters. If milk is abnormal, examine all quarters and teats by hand to detect early signs of mastitis (redness and warmth) or other lesions.
Cleaning the teats
Only the teats should be wetted and then thoroughly wiped with a dry single service towel. Pay particular attention to teat ends. Alcohol swabs may be used as a test of teat cleanliness.
The order of Step 2 and Step 3 can be reversed
Attaching the milking unit
Adjusting the milking unit
End of milking
Milking unit removal