Healthy cows for a healthy business

No matter what your udder health goals contains, Lely advisors can help in the total udder health approach on your farm. Together we work on reaching your set goal.


How the Lely MQC contributes towards the optimisation of udder health

‘Milk colour and conductivity sensors in the Milk Quality Control (MQC) in the Astronaut arm are of great help in identifying abnormalities in the milk that contribute to the early detection of mastitis. Continuous insight into the milk quality and milking performance helps to monitor cow health closely and offers the opportunity to intervene at an early stage if necessary. Fast treatment in response to early detection of mastitis helps limit the severity of the disease and therefore reduces milk loss.’

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The importance of complete milking in relation to maintaining or achieving good udder health

‘Collecting milk flow data per quarter supports the Lely Astronaut in performing complete milkings. Performing a complete milking by stimulating teats sufficiently and taking off teat cups at the right moment helps maintain the udders of your cows in optimum condition and therefore benefits udder health at your farm.’

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Lely Milk Quality Control Cell Count (MQC-C) for fast identification of abnormalities in the milk as an early indicator of mastitis

‘Somatic cell count (SCC) is a parameter that is often used for (sub)clinical mastitis diagnosis and therefore to improve udder health. A rapid increase in the SCC in the milk signals inflammation of the udder. Cell counting is therefore relevant in monitoring animal health and triggering proper farm management decisions. SCC insights on the Lely Astronaut are gathered via the Milk Quality Control-Cell Count (MQC-C), making it possible to identify mastitis at an early stage.’

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How the Lely MQC-C helps in applying selective dry cow therapy

‘One way to prevent mastitis in early lactation is to apply dry cow therapy. Until a couple of years ago, most cows were dried off using antibiotics. However, antibiotic use creates selective pressure on bacterial populations and contributes to the development of antimicrobial resistance. The MQC-C gives insight into the udder health profile at cow level during the full lactation.’

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Udder health in Lely Horizon for lactating cows

‘The Lely Astronaut gathers all kinds of data through the MQC and MQC-C. Not only data from the milking robot is collected, but also data from other devices such as the Lely Qwes cow collar. The data is then used to filter out the cows requiring attention, so that you as a farmer can spend your valuable time on cows that really need it. The management system doesn’t stop there, it also provides advice to help you make the right decisions. In this article, we will look a little more in depth into these features of Horizon.’

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Dry-off cow therapy support in Horizon

‘The dry period is an important resting period for the dairy cow, as it is when fresh udder tissue is formed in readiness for lactation. It also provides an important opportunity to rid the udder of many pathogens that can potentially cause mastitis. The greatest number of new cases of mastitis occur in the first four weeks of lactation, and 60% of clinical cases originate from infections that have become established during the dry period.’

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What are the natural defense mechanisms at udder level and how can we support them?

‘Udder health is of major importance to milk production, cow welfare and farmer working happiness. Basically, every case of mastitis occurs due to bacteria that have managed to enter the udder via the teat sphincter and teat canal. The teat skin, the teat canal and the teat sphincter form the first – and most important – line of defence.’

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