Milking Cow

Conventional Milking Systems

Conventional Milking System

Conventional milking machines fail to provide the teat a proper rest phase during the milking process. A milking machine works by applying a vacuum to the teat and sucking the milk out. The vacuum is applied by a collapsible rubber liner that is periodically opened and closed. The problem is that the liner fails to provide a proper resting environment for the teat during the closing phase. The liner simply pinches the end of the teat and partially reduces the vacuum level. The milk flow from the teat is reduced but not stopped thereby continuing to suck on the teat canal causing physical stress to the canal lining leading to tearing and scar tissue formation. The pinching action on the exterior of the teat fails to relieve the teat from the vacuum and causes congestion from a build up of fluids leading to swelling and pain.

It takes a few minutes to milk a cow. The pain and damage begin within the first minute causing the cow to release adrenaline that starts to reduce the let down of milk making full milkout difficult or impossible. The physical damage to the teat canal destroys the natural barrier to bacteria resulting in significantly increased incidents of new infections. The typical cow will have 1.5 new infections per year and will develop a slow milking quarter and a deformed udder within two years.

The deleterious effect of the conventional milking systems ends in permanent deformation of udders, scarred teat canals and diminished overall body condition and health for the animal. The direct impact to consumers is poor milk quality and degraded beef quality with an increasing risk of other diseases such as Crohns.

Udder comparison:

deformed udder healthy udder
Deformed udder as a result of conventional milking Healthy udder