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Once a Day Milking

Post by Admin on Sat Sep 19, 2009 1:58 pm

Once a day milking seems to have started in NZ. They conducted quite a few trials there and the results was that the production drops about 15-17%, udder problems increase a little bit (3%?) and in the end of the day seems to be a matter of doing the maths.

About 10% of the Kiwis milk once a day now. Those that took it decided their time off or other farm chores justified the reduction in income.

HOWEVER, remember that NZ cows are low producers compared to US. They peak at about 25 L/day.

What do you think,feasible in Pakistan?
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Re: Once a Day Milking

Post by khandairies on Sat Sep 19, 2009 2:36 pm

Milking 'Once a Day' or OAD will reduce milk volume but increase milk fat and protein %s. In countries where the farmers gets money on the protein and fat basis,herds are capable of producing the same amount of milk solids, but with less water in the milk. So in terms production and thus profitability is fairly similar. So if you are getting paid mostly for milk solids then this could apply to you too.
Jersey cows have the best 24 hr udder capacity in terms of milk solids and so their milk solid production is least effected by switching to OAD.
SCC can increase in some cows so you will have to start culling on SCC more aggressively.


Admin found something interesting about Once a day milking.

http://www.dairynz.co.nz/page/pageid/2145836781/4-0_Once-a-Day_Milking_%28OAD%29
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