GERMANY - The design of the teat liner in milking machines can help to reduce incidence of mastitis.
A recent study from Kiel University has shown that there was a 12 per cent reduction in subclinical mastitis in tests on a selected herd in Germany where the DeLaval Clover liner was used.
The manufacturers through the research claim that the new design is a breakthrough that has great advantages of other designs such as traditional triangular teat liners.
DeLaval launched the Clover liner April last year and already more than 500,000 cows worldwide are being milked by the liner.
The new liner design, which is being featured at EuroTier in Hanover this week, has thin, concave side walls and smooth, rounded corners that deliver a firm, yet gentle grip of the teat throughout the milking cycle.
DeLaval says that the design ensures the liner stays in the proper milking position and provides excellent massage, offering cows maximum comfort whilst being milked. Additionally, it provides a low and stable mouthpiece vacuum and avoids the typical clogging and hygiene issues related to the use of air vents on vented liners. As a result teat health improves and mastitis cases are reduced.
“We are pleased with the results of this study since by reducing the number of subclinical mastitis cases so dramatically brings with it considerable cost savings for our customers,” said Jean-Jacques Dreier, Portfolio Director, Liners and Tubes.
“The estimated cost of an individual subclinical mastitis case, which includes milk losses, premature culling etc. is according to research €95 in Europe. By using the DeLaval Clove liner our customers can save approximately €2800 annually on a 100 cow herd, in relation to the reduced subclinical mastitis.”
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