Effect of manual forestripping on teat tissue condition and milking performance in Holstein dairy cows milked three times daily
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Wieland, Matthias; Lynch, Rob; Nydam, Daryl
The most efficient way to increase profitability of dairy operations is to control costs while maximizing milk production. Recent research has focused on improving genetic potential and increasing feed efficiency. By contrast, data on the most efficient milk harvesting process to fully benefit from recent accomplishments in animal genetics and nutrition is scarce. Specifically, there is a lack of information about the most efficient technique of premilking stimulation (i.e., forestripping). Consequently, more and more dairy producers reduce or eliminate the time spent on forestripping in an attempt to increase parlor throughput.
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forestripping; milking; teat; performance
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