Teat preparation before milking
1- Wash teats with water or clean with towel to remove any contamination with manure or dirt.
2- Fore strip every teat (For mastitis control & optimum oxytocin release) , Removing milk from the teat cistern that will most likely be higher in somatic cell count (SCC) and bacteria numbers than milk in the udder, helps stimulate milk let-down, and increase milk flow rate.
3- Pre-dip with a sanitizing solution to reduce number of environmental bacteria (Teat dip should cover ½ to ¾ of the teat )
4- Use a disposable paper towel for each cow for thorough and efficient drying.
Teat preparation after milking
1- Dip teats immediately after cluster removal with a disinfectant solution
2- Use a loafing area after milking to insure cows remain standing 20 minute after milking