Department of Dairy Husbandry
1. Increasing interest in milking machines.
2. Number and kinds of machines in use in experiment.
3. Length of time in operation.
II. Operator Should Make Cow and Machine Work Together.
1. He should understand principles and manner of milk elaboration.
2. He should understand how each cow milks.
3. He should properly prepare cow for milking.
4. He should know how to adjust properly the milking machine to each cow.
III. Difference in Cows for Milking Machine.
1. Cows of nervous temperament.
2. Cows that give down milk slowly.
3. Cows that milk well in early part of lactation period but not in the latter part.
(a) Probable explanation.
4. Cows with abnormally shaped udders and teats.
5. Cows that readily give down their milk at all times.
IV. Select and Breed Cows for Milking Machine.
V. Conditions for Mechanical Milking Should be Suitable.
1. The barn and milking machine room should not be too cold.
2. Conditions for keeping milking machine sanitary should be reasonably convenient and adequate.
3. Keep close watch for abnormal milk.
milking machines, milk, dairy science
South Dakota Experiment Station, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
Larsen, C., "Important Factors Affecting Machine Milking" (1916). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 166.