Care With Once-a-Day

Allison, Richard
April 2003
Farmers Weekly;4/4/2003, Vol. 138 Issue 13, p39
Trade Publication
Milking late-lactation cows once a day brings substantial labour savings, but concerns over udder health may limit its application. Conrad Ferris of the Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland said labour was a major cost and skilled workers were hard to find. With milking accounting for one-third of labour input on dairy units, cutting milking frequency seemed a viable option for reducing labour. Halving the number of milking typically saves up to three hours in milking routine, including parlour preparation and washing-up, said Ferris.


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