BouMatic cannot emphasize enough the crucial importance of good, thorough pre-treatment and preparation in your milking process. We recommend that you always follow the same, correct routine. Teat preparation and the time for cluster attachment must be long enough. Before milking starts, each teat must be prepared separately for the purpose of:
The entire pre-treatment process can take 60 to 90 seconds, which is as long as the cow needs for optimal oxytocin release.
The seven steps for optimal udder treatment and preparation are shown below.
Wipe teats to remove dirt and any debris attached to the teats
Treat with pre-dip or spray. Click here to find your BouMatic Pre-Dip or Spray
Strip the first streams of milk. This ensures optimal stimulation and allows detection of any abnormalities (flakes) in the milk. IMPORTANT! 10 to 12 seconds of teat contact per cow. (Strip the first streams of milk, wash and dry)
Dry with a circular motion – turn over the cloth and squeeze the teat end firmly. Click here to find BouMatic Towels
Attach the cluster. Attach the cluster within 60-90 seconds after steps 3 and 4. Click here to see BouMatic Liners.
Adjust the cluster to the correct position. Adjust the milking unit to align correctly under the udder as soon as you have attached the last teat cup.
Post-dip or spray. Cover A MINIMUM OF THE FIRST 2/3 OF EACH TEAT for optimum effectiveness. Click here for BouMatic's Teat Dips and Spray Products
‘A’ Phase: The liner is opening and milk flow commences.
‘B’ Phase : The liner is open and milk is flowing.
‘C’ Phase : The liner collapses and milk flow stops.
‘D’ Phase: The liner is closed and exerting maximum force on the teat.
The ABCD's of your pulsation system and the type of liner being used affect the flow rates and milking time on the dairy. Once you know your ABCD's, your udder prep can be fine tuned to ensure proper let-down is occurring and the milking unit is being attached at the right time to keep your cows producing and milking at their highest potential. Contact your nearest dealer now to get your own system evaluation and recommendations so that your ABCD's are in line to promote the most efficient milking of your dairy herd. Click here to find your nearest BouMatic dealer.