QMPS Short Courses

Quality Milk Production Services Presents

Assessing Udder Health Opportunities:
Key Performance Indicators and
Monitoring the Milking Center

New York CE and RACE approved
October 10-12, 2018



  • Establishing udder health and milk quality goals.
  • Develop a science based approach to monitoring people, milking equipment, facilities and cows as it
    relates to herd goals.

Course size: 20

Course length: 3 days (14 hours – classroom time)   


Level: Intermediate to advanced

Location: College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Dairy Barn, 225 Tulip Tree Road Ithaca, NY 14853

Intended audience: milk quality consultants, dairy producers, milking equipment personnel,
milk inspectors and veterinarians


Content: Flow charts used to systematically evaluate udder health utilizing key performance indicators
(KPI’s) to identify management factors contributing to the problem.
Monitoring the milking center for equipment, milker and shift-to-shift performance are aspects of milking that
need to be observed routinely in order to identify udder health risks. The basics of milking machine function
will be evaluated by application of the NMC Vacuum and Airflow methods. Cow side evaluations prior to,
during and immediately after milking will be made to determine the impact of the milking machine, milkers
and facilities on the risk of mastitis. Cow side evaluations made during milking include the following: 1) Udder
hygiene, 2) Teat end cleanliness, 3) milking routine timing, 4) milk flow curves 5) average claw vacuum
during peak milk flow, 6) milking unit alignment, 7) post milking hand strip yields, 8) teat scoring (Teat Club
International), 9) graph pulsators, 10) NMC equipment evaluation, 11) housing/facilities Risk Assessment and
12) DC305(Parlor Watch) analysis of milk flow curves, milking time variables and monitoring daily parlor reports
for milking shift consistency .
Development and support of a milk quality team to monitor people, milking equipment, facilities and cows will
aid in providing useful feedback to the dairy producer. Completing an udder health risk assessment and milking
time audit as outlined above will allow ownership/management to develop SOP’s to maintain or improve
milk quality.


Quality Milk Production Services

Animal Health Diagnostic Center
240 Farrier Rd.
Ithaca, New York 14853
585.786.2555 or 607.255-8202    email:   rdw32@cornell.edu
Course location: Vet Teaching Dairy – 225 Tulip Tree Road Ithaca, NY 14853

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