Best Milking Practices

This online course teaches dairy producers and handlers about the best management and milking practices to prevent mastitis and to maximize production.
Best Milking Practices - Online Courses
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Length of Access: 365 days
Sections: 8
Length: 6 hours
Language: English
Note: This course offers a certificate.

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Best Milking Practices is a self-paced course that will help you understand the problems on dairy farms that result from mastitis. You'll learn about concepts to help you measure and reduce levels of mastitis, and you'll discover practical solutions to help apply that knowledge to your milking practices.

Not only is mastitis a common and expensive problem on dairy farms, it is the highest cost of all issues, more than veterinary care, food, housing, or equipment maintenance. In Best Milking Practices, you will find the tools and the knowledge you need to reduce or eliminate the spread of mastitis on your farm, thus avoiding unnecessary expense. Using videos and handouts, Best Milking Practices will cover cleanliness and handling cows; pre- and post-milking procedures; CMT and on-farm culturing; and managing infections. Throughout the course, review questions will help you check and reinforce your knowledge. By the end of the course, you will be ready to develop a useful, tailored set of standard operating procedures specific to your dairy.

Who is this for?
  • Anyone who works with dairy cows
  • Farm owners
  • Farm managers
  • Farm employees/staff/farm hands
What will you learn?

You will learn how to:

  • prevent mastitis in dairy cows
  • outline the procedures for cleanliness and cow handling
  • understand pre-and-post milking best practices
  • identify ways to test for mastitis on your farm
  • develop standard operating procedures based on best practices


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