Is Milking Machine Good for Cows? Busting Myths about the Milking Machine
Short answer, YES!
In India, we often tend to ruminate if the milking machine hurts our cows. That is simply not true.
Milking machines are a fast and efficient way to milk your livestock. They are one of the recent innovations in dairy technology.
They will not hurt your cow. The teats come in contact with a soft rubber that is inside the attachments. They are not met with the rigidity of the metal or the pressure of the vacuum. Instead, it gives a soft suckling pressure to the cow making the process feel more natural. The faster this process is, the lesser the strain is on the teats.
Cleaning the rubber regularly will ensure that it remains hygienic and satisfactory for use on your cows. You also have to change the rubber inside yearly to keep up the quality of the automatic milking process. This is done so that dangerous bacteria do not stick inside the tubes and transfer to your cows. This cow milking machine works on electricity and requires a bit of investment from dairy farmers. However, these are sure to be a good investment as they completely elevate the hygiene of the milking process and reduce the chances of the milk getting contaminated by human hands
Additionally, The milking machine set a routine for the cows. They have uniform pressure and movement that the cow can become habitual to, thereby reducing any distortion in the milking process. When the cows are milked by hand, they can be hurt by our fingernails and also become disturbed by the changing speeds of different milkers. There’s a chance that hired hands for milking cows also may be inexperienced and unfocused during the process, causing even more discomfort to the cows.
If your cow feels distressed while using the cow milking machine, it could possibly be because you have purchased a counterfeit and low-quality milking machine. Such milk machines have displaced rubber linings and uneven vacuum pressure. This can damage a cow’s teats over time.
In another case, your cow may be old and afraid of this new process. This will cause much distress to her. Thus, you should start using these machines on a newer generation of cows and make them comfortable with the process from the beginning.
It is not normal for the cows to bleed during the process. If they do, that can indicate a disease such as mastitis.
In conclusion, switching to a cow milking machine will not hurt your cows but may hurt your pockets.
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