Farmers should make regular cleanliness checks on automatic milking systems to reduce mastitis by controlling pathogenic bacteria. Torben Bennedsgaard says that farmers using automatic milking systems need to improve monitoring and manual cleaning in order to minimise mastitis risk. This is because there are particular parts of the robot that are a major source of bacterial growth and spread (see “Areas for concern”). “A cluster is as dirty as it gets after [milking] five cows. That means we have a […]