Develop and Maintain Proper Pre-Milking Routines

Dr. Clell V. Bagley, D.V.M.
USU Extension Veterinarian

Every dairy needs to optimize pre-milking cow prep in order to meet quality standards and to maximize productivity and efficiency. While there are basic scientific principles that govern what is acceptable cow prep procedure, every farm is different. Therefore, there is no single cow prep procedure that fits all dairy farms. Review of the following list of factors may be helpful in determining what is best for your dairy. The ideal pre-milking cow prep routine should: How do you ensure that the best pre-milking routine is being conducted on a consistent basis on your farm? (NMC/PDPW Milk Quality Conference Proceedings, pg 33 (April, 2001)