Milking a bit into the strip cup encourages milk letdown
and reduces bacteria in the milk.
Advantages Disadvantages Maximizes teat sanitation Uses four separate procedures (or can and milk letdown
combine into two or three procedures) Minimizes machine on-time Results in lower cow throughput or higher labor cost Maximum milk quality Requires more milker training to maximize results TABLE 9-4 Milking performance of different system types.
After labour, it is key to breastfeeding as it triggers milk letdown
for the baby.
It has been known for a long time that oxytocin is necessary for milk letdown
and complete milk-out, because of its action of contracting the muscle fibers surrounding the udder secretory alveoli.
This early purring is likely to be an 'I'm OK' signal to the queen, and along with kneading movement of the front paws on the mammary gland area, may serve as a stimulus for milk letdown