Veterinary Clinic

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Business Hours

Monday - Friday 08:00 - 17:00

Saturday 08:00 - 11:30


A veterinarian is on call for emergencies out of the above hours.  His/her cell number will be available on the practice telephone answering machine (042 295 1083) and the practice cellular phone (071 180 3639).

Mastitis Control: Parlour Procedures

Mastitis Control: Parlour Procedures


How to Achieve a Somatic cell count of less than 150 000


Some dairy farmers believe that recommendations for procedures in the milking parlour to combat mastitis developed in the northern hemisphere do not apply in Africa.


The bulk tank SCC  of Clive, Brett and Grant Puttergill’s herd on BLUEGUMS, Thornhill varies between  120 – 160 000. They achieve these enviable figures because they follow the recommendation of mastitis experts.


They milk 300 cows in a 8  side herringbone parlour with 8 fixed clusters each side [not swing over] using 3 milkers.


The procedure in their parlour is as follows:


  1. Milkers wear gloves and cuffs [the latter keep arms clean and dry].
  2. Teats are pre-dipped, wiped clean and foremilk is stripped into a strip cup. Besides ensuring removal of bacteria and dirt from the teat, this also ensures that stimulation of milk let down is achieved and cows immediately release milk with milk flow5 - 6ℓ/min when teat liners are applied.Very dirty teats are washed with a hose then dipped and wiped dry as above.
  3. Clusters are removed by automatic cluster removers.
  4. Clusters are back-flushed.
  5. After a cow with a high[> 500 000] has been milked, the clusters are back flushed and then placed in a bucket with iodine solution.
  6. Post-dipping withcup occurs  IMMEDIATELY after cluster removal.
  7. Slow milkers are sorted manually in the waiting kraals and milked together [in groups].
  8. Gloves are washed and dipped in iodine solutioncows.
  9. Clusters are washed off andwith disinfectant frequently  during milking.
  10. Lighting in the parlour is excellent [stripped foremilk and teats are clearly visible].


The reasons for the Puttergills’ success can be summed up in attention to detail especially in the following three points:


  1. Teat hygiene
  2. Adequate stimulation
  3. Equipment hygiene


Thornhill is admittedly a drier area than the Tsitsikamma, but the fact remains that they do the basics and do them  BETTER!