What precautions should robot milkers take when it comes to colostrum?
Dairy farmers with a milking robot can quickly milk the cow, for the first time. “But remember hygiene!” emphasised Erwin. “Make sure the dump bucket is clean or clean the dump bucket carefully if it has not been used for several days.” It may contain a residue of milk from another cow, added Johan. “Studies have shown that only 15% of robot milkers contain fewer than 100,000 germ cells in the separation milk,” explained Johan, who offered an additional tip to keep the colostrum as germ-free as possible: “collect the warm colostrum milk from the bucket as quickly as possible. Bacteria continue to grow in the warm colostrum, and that means that you feed the calf germs together with the antibodies, and obviously that is not the intention.”