DairyFlo is to suit YOU
DairyFlo strives to help an individual farmer, personally.
No matter what your preference is as a farmer or what works best for your set up, DairyFlo will try our best to create, change, add or mix up different scenarios.
Kevin Buckman, farmer in the Manawatu prefers his front two liners lightweight and the back two quarters stainless steel. This is so him and his employees can cup up the front two quarters first with ease and then the back two quarters. See video…
Buckman has installed his entire three sheds with this set up and he has said his cup slip issues have drastically reduced.
As he explains, “selecting the correct milking liner for your herd is a challenge for all dairy farmers. It is the only component of the milking machine that comes into contact with the cow’s teat and therefore has a large influence on milking performance, udder and teat health.”
“We placed stainless shells on the back quarters and the lightweight shells on the front teats and it’s just made such a big difference.”
He experimented with this for one month and quickly noticed the benefits. One particular benefit that stood out from the rest was that his cup slip had drastically reduced,
“The biggest advantage for me and my staff is no cup slip, its virtually nil these days and also they’re really good with heifers because the cups just stay on them compared with what they used to be, where staff used to just hold them on with their hand or you’d go back a couple minutes later and they’d have fallen off.”
DairyFlo equipment accommodates different combinations of weights to meet the farmers requirements. Traditional rubber liners in steel shells could be as heavy as 2,500 grams including the collection bowl. DairyFlo Light weight bowl and claw set starts at 1300 grams. Kevin’s combination of plastic in the front and steel in the back, weighs in at 1600 grams.
“The good thing about it is you can see through them and it can tell you a story with what’s happening, whether it’s a split liner or health issues you can see everything.” He also said that they can minimise teat spray because the teat condition and cell count are excellent. With DairyFlo you can notice inconsistencies in the milk much quicker and remove that cluster from contaminating the milk vat.
“Lightweight shells are popular with the staff, we have left one set in the shed that has all steel shells to demonstrate how heavy and awkward the gear was previously. It also saves wear and tear on your back, wrists, arms and shoulders, keeps staff happy and helps to make it a better place to work in.”
The liners are guaranteed to last a full season or 5000 milkings, in some cases two seasons depending on herd size to shed capacity.
Kevin’s staff have never struck the soft plastic before and said,
“Anything takes a while to get used to but after a few days they would never go back.” He even said one of his staff members’ father milks across the road, but he won’t go and work for his dad where in the past he has – not until he installs DairyFlo. “It’s a no brainer because the weight of them is just so much easier on staff and they are happier using them. If you put the old ones back on, they’d almost throw them at ya.”
What we have learned is that what may work for one farmer will not necessarily work for another farmer so that is why DairyFlo can be so beneficial – because our equipment is so adaptable.