Friday, 20 August 2021 13:02

How to keep safe during milking in a lockdown

Written by  Sudesh Kissun
DairyNZ have provided advice, tools and resources to support dairy farmers in keeping their teams safe during lockdown. DairyNZ have provided advice, tools and resources to support dairy farmers in keeping their teams safe during lockdown.

DairyNZ has developed advice, tools and resources to support dairy farmers and their teams to farm safely during the Covid lockdown.

It urges farmers to keep themselves and their employees safe at milking during COVID-19 with the following tips:

"We know from medical professionals that Covid-19 stays on surfaces for at least 72 hours and is transferred via droplets. This means that we have to be extra vigilant with the hygiene of our shared work surfaces, and that we must maintain a distance of two metres from others to minimise its spread over the next four weeks of lockdown.

"Traditionally, and especially in our herringbone milking platforms, we worked closely together and with no disinfection of our surfaces.  To keep everyone safe, we now need to make changes to how we milk."

What can you do to help keep your employees and yourself safe?

Tips for working together while milking

  • Herringbones options
    1. Where possible milk with one person in the pit
    2. When two or more people are required to milk, set up the dairy with a set section for each milker, i.e. in a 40 aside one person milks cups 1-20 the other 21-40 and milkers keep 2 metres apart. Although bunny-hopping is the most efficient milking method in a herringbone, this won't achieve the distancing needed.
  • Rotary options
    1. Where possible milk with only one person at cups on
    2. Some larger rotaries require two people for cups on and if this needs to be maintained then the milkers must always stand two metres apart
    3. Where rotaries have two people present for herd change overs, or one person at cups off, then it is essential that staff always keep two metres apart
  • General requirements
    1. Wearing gloves during milking should be compulsory at this time. Ensure that you remove gloves once you are leaving the dairy to go home or to other areas of the farm
    2. After you remove your gloves, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water
    3. If two metre physical distancing can’t be achieved because you want to still do the bunny-hopping routine in a herringbone, or have two people cupping closer than two metres in a rotary, then staff should wear masks.

More like this

Rising up to challenges

Dr Danny Donaghy is professor of dairy systems at Massey University and a specialist in pasture agronomy and physiology.

China lockdowns hit dairy demand

Covid restrictions in China are likely to slightly dampen milk powder imports into that country, according to Stefan Vogel, Rabobank research general manager for Australia and New Zealand.


Machinery & Products

A new approach to apprenticeships

By taking a new approach to its apprenticeship programme, agricultural equipment supplier Norwood says it is ensuring farmers’ machinery will…

Buck-Rake does the job

With many self-propelled forage harvester manufacturers offering machines hitting 1000hp, the bottleneck in any harvesting system is always likely to…

Pigtail standards made to last

Feedback from farmers highlighted frustration at the time and cost involved in frequently replacing failed pigtail posts.

» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

The Hound

Say what?

OPINION: This old mutt almost choked while chewing his bone when he happened upon the latest politically-correct advice that’s been…

Why bother?

OPINION: A mate of the Hound’s recently applied for membership with Ashburton-based farm supply co-operative Ruralco.

» Connect with Rural News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter