Learn to improve milking practices with Penn State Extension

Penn State Extension

Workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 8

Dairy producers and employees will have an opportunity to learn about key production and management practices regarding milk quality at a workshop titled Tools to Reduce Mastitis on Your Farm, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, 1222 N. Center Ave., Somerset.

The workshop will teach the use of consistent milking practices that emphasize teat cleanliness, udder stimulation, teat end health and rapid milk flow while performing the most important job on the farm. Milking consistency affects cow well-being, mastitis risks and milk output.

“Addressing whole farm milk quality issues is crucial for overall farm profitability,” said Amber Yutzy, extension educator and Dairy Team leader. “Poor milk quality not only effects the bottom line due to loss of premium benefits but also causes decreased production. By improving milk quality, producers will see increased profitability.”

 

 

Participants will learn about the importance of early detection of clinical and subclinical mastitis, how to utilize records to make treatment decisions, and which cows have the best chance for a cure. After completion of this program, participants will have the essential tools to produce high quality milk on their farm. This in turn, will increase income through increased milk production, increased premium benefits and decreased cost of treatment.

There is no cost to attend the workshop, and lunch will be provided. To register, visit extension.psu.edu/tools-to-reduce-mastitis-on-your-farm or call 877-345-0691. Registration deadline is Nov. 6.

 

 

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