When thinking about choosing a milking liner, consider your goals. Are you changed for udder health reasons, faster milking, better overall performance?
The liner is the only part of the milking machine that comes in contact with the cow’s teat/ It has a significant impact on milking performance, teat health and health udder. It is essential to check the milking system, its setting and, very notably, your cows. Liners should milk the cows with minimal inconvenience to the teats. We are achieving an efficient milking process when maintaining the cow’s well-being and harvest all the available milk. We do not increase efficiency just by changing liners or the vacuum.
How can I choose the right liner?
The two main aspects you need to consider are:
Gentleness in milking, the liner can influence the teat udder’s stresses, so gentle milking is an important aspect. Speed, the liner has some influence on milking speed, and of course, milking speed is also affected by vacuum, level and pulsation.
For example, silicone liners give gentle milking while thick-walled rubbers give fast milking. The silicone can give a quick and less gentle milking by changing the vacuum, and the rubber can provide a soft but less gentle milking. See if the recommended liner fits the milking equipment, it can be compared to your cows’ milking performance. A liner that does not squeeze properly into the teat will not reduce the fluid that builds up near the teat’s end during the milking phase. This can lead to congestion of the teat canal by the downward flow of milk.
The benefits of silicone liners are many, such as :
- They are flexible, soft, adapt to the udder’s shape and the teat’s size.
- It does not break, erode or destroy or become porous and removes the growth of bacteria.
- They have a longer lifespan, and the financial benefit for the producer is great.
Allows producer to see what happens when milking to see any clots or blood on each of the teats. Consider that only silicone liner is adaptable and flexible with the human hand. It always retains its elasticity regardless of the ambient temperature, which means that it keeps the milking properties stable, which guarantees durable high performance. They have very good prosfysh with flexibility and consistent performance from installation to removal. Silicone is more expensive, but it lasts longer.
Rubber is a durable material with outstanding resistance ever to cuts. They often cost less than silicone liner and have a maximum lifespan of 2000 to 2500 milking ( duration six months ). Keep in mind that their lifespan can be affected by many factors such as construction material, how they are used, cleared, stored, heat and chemicals.
However, we must remember that the liner is only half of the story. For the optimization of the milking process, milking machines must evaluate the milking machines entirely. We do not increase efficiency just by changing liners or the vacuum. Milking liners should be carefully selected to fit the herd and changed regularly.