Leah Kieler – Kieler Farms, Platteville, WI
Milking 1,850 Cows 3 Times a Day in a 50 Stall Rotary Parlor
What issues were you trying to fix when you decided to add FutureCow’s Teatscrubber to your parlor?
One of the biggest issues we were trying to address with the addition of the Teatscrubber was employee efficiency and consistency of cow prep.
What immediate results did you see after you installed Teatscrubber?
We started using Teatscrubber when we transitioned from our parallel parlor to our new rotary parlor. We were amazed at the fact that our somatic cell count stayed the same, then actually decreased through our transition. We had expected it to increase with the stress that the cows may have had from the change, but we attribute the decrease in somatic cell count to the Teatscrubber and how easy it was to keep all our employees on the same routine.
What longer term benefits have you seen using the system?
The main long term benefit I see with Teatscrubber is from a financial standpoint. It has helped us with a lower cell count/high quality milk production. Using Teatscrubber has helped streamline our training process with new employees/lower cost of new employee training costs, and maintenance of the system has been a breeze. Knowing I can just switch out a brush and have it sent in to be fixed takes that stress off me as an owner and I know it will be done right. I have really enjoyed the simplicity of the whole system.
What does your team like best about using Teatscrubber?
I would have to say the thing we like best about FutureCow’s Teatscrubber system is the consistency it brings to our milking protocol. I know that all our employees are doing the same thing every milking, which is what cows need. It’s the peace of mind I have leaving the parlor and knowing the cows are getting the most consistent prep we could give them.