If your dairy is a stressful, frustrating place to be, it’s time to recognise that people are the only ones in the milking environment with the power to change things.
CowTime’s Darold Klindworth explains that sometimes it’s just a matter of changing your approach.
The key to efficient milking is having cows, people and facilities all interacting smoothly. And that goes hand in hand with creating a calm, relaxed atmosphere.
"Everyday activities that we may consider harmless, such as slaps and pushes can result in chronic stress within a herd," he said.
"Poor stock handling techniques increase cattle’s fear levels, decreases smooth cow flow and results in frustration for the milker."
To provide a calm, relaxed atmosphere in your dairy: