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Kingshay's Knowledgebase - Milking

8 Steps to Controlling Mastitis in Summer Farming Note

8 Steps to Controlling Mastitis in Summer Farming Note

Each year as the weather gets warmer, somatic cell counts increase, making mastitis in summer an area for focus. Some pasture conditions can lead to high levels of expos...

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Cluster Design Farming Note

Cluster Design Farming Note

Having a parlour which is functioning correctly allows milking to be quick, complete and comfortable for both the cow and the milking staff. Poor milking characteristics ...

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Dairy & Parlour Energy Efficiency Farming Note

Dairy & Parlour Energy Efficiency Farming Note

Reducing electricity usage by improving the efficiency of milk cooling, water heating and parlour vacuum pumps will benefit farm profitability and reduce carbon emissions...

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Dynamic Parlour Testing Farming Note

Dynamic Parlour Testing Farming Note

Testing milk machine and parlour function can highlight problems which are resulting in a less effective milking and damaged udders. Unlike static parlour testing, dynami...

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Effective Milking Routines Farming Note

Effective Milking Routines Farming Note

Effective milking routines balance the conflict between maintaining udder health and maximising parlour throughput. Effective milking routines can increase milk yields, s...

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Efficient Water Use Farming Note

Efficient Water Use Farming Note

Having more efficient water use and minimising waste will reduce the cost of milk production. On average, a dairy farm will use 5 litres of water for every litre of milk...

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Employing People - Take Time to Make Time Farming Note

Employing People - Take Time to Make Time Farming Note

Are you making the most efficient use of labour on your farm. Herds on Dairy Manager Full Costs have an annual labour cost of over £44,000 per 100 cows or 3.8ppl (this i...

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Milking Frequency Farming Note

Milking Frequency Farming Note

Adjusting both the pattern and frequency of milking can affect the profitability of your business. Could changing your milking pattern, e.g. 10:14 to 12:12 hour milking i...

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Minimising Bactoscans Farming Note

Minimising Bactoscans Farming Note

Keeping on top of milk bactoscan levels is an all year round task, although levels are higher in the housed period. Dairy farmers should aim to have bactoscan levels belo...

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Parlour Options for Larger Herds Farming Note

Parlour Options for Larger Herds Farming Note

Installing a new parlour is a big decision as the parlour will be at the core of your dairy production for many years. A new parlour needs to be able to meet today's requ...

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Robotic Milking Farming Note

Robotic Milking Farming Note

In Holland, around 15% of dairy farms milk through robots. Sales of robots in the UK are a long way behind this, but it is an increasing market. Dairying is a difficult s...

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Segregation Gates Farming Note

Segregation Gates Farming Note

Segregating cows out of the herd during milking can be a time consuming and frustrating process. A well sited drafting system will segregate cows with little disruption t...

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