When a milking parlour is installed, it undergoes many tests to make sure it can safely milk animals according to applicable mastitis health codes. From the very first milking, the pipeline is cleaned two to three times per day with chemicals. Over time these same chemicals will also degrade the rubber, silicone and plastic components in the system that can lead to a multitude of herd health issues. In being proactive and scheduling a service you will reduce the likelihood of downtime, which could help increase profitability and cow longevity.
It is well-known that bacteria in the milking system can adversely affect profitability and overall herd health. Air leaks over time can lead to a change in the system vacuum, which can directly affect animal health in the form of a high somatic cell count (SCC) and mastitis.
If you can see cracks in the rubber hoses, gaskets or seals with your naked eye just imagine what they look like under a microscope. The crevices created over time by sanitizing chemicals not only create an excellent place for bacteria to breed but also create air leaks.
A scheduled replacement of key wear and tear items of your milking parlour as well as frequent pulsation and vacuum level checks, can help ensure parlour performance and be a preventative measure in your fight against mastitis.
Another detail worth noting is that through scheduling you can also minimise costs. Many times, the rates charged for a scheduled service are lower due to the fact that the service is a planned event and takes place during normal business hours.
The potential payback for having a scheduled service routine is less downtime associated with equipment failure or animal health issues. Most mechanical problems can be avoided with preventative maintenance. View your scheduled service as an insurance policy to safeguard herd health and milk quality.
A scheduled service routine will not eliminate breakdowns, but the chances that unplanned interruptions occur will drop dramatically.