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Clinical Mastitis cases reduced by a third

Who would have known installing an ADF Milking system could make Forest dairy farmer, Scott Korpershoek, such a happy man?

He, and his family partnership, which includes his wife Melanie, parents Harry and Nina and brother, Mathew, have saved a full-time wage, improved their milk quality and, perhaps most importantly, bought time for themselves.

“We’re milking about 300 cows in a 26-a-side swing-over and since installing the ADF Milking system last year, it’s become a 2½ –hour job for one person,” Scott said. “It’s freed up time for our families as well as for other on-farm jobs.”

The Korpershoek’s dairy operates on two properties totalling 324ha about 10km south of Stanley.

Their mostly Holstein Friesian herd has been enjoying stunning vistas of The Nut since the early 1960s and are part of a varied enterprise that includes cropping potatoes, onions and poppies.

The herd calves three times a year as part of a strategy to minimise Mastitis, considered one of the most costly diseases affecting Australian dairy cows and farm profits.

“We calve during March, October and January and our joinings are short – from six weeks for our autumn calvers down to one day for our summer calvers,” Scott said. “It’s improved our conception rates, calving is easier and because we calve at good times of the year, Mastitis is reduced and our cell count stays between 100,000 and 150,000.”

Since installing the ADF Milking system, their clinical Mastitis cases have reduced by a third and their milk solids per kilogram has increased.

“It’s had a big impact on our operation,” Scott said. “Production is up – we’re averaging 631kg milk solids and 8500 litres per cow per year and costs are down. We’re making significant savings on labour and drugs and tipping less milk down the drain.”

Scott first heard of the ADF Milking system five years ago.
“We had been milking with same cups since the 1980s and they’d had their day,” he said. “I’d looked at a lot of different cups but was really impressed by ADF’s unique ability to prevent cross-contamination.”

An ADF Milking system applies a teat dip (usually iodine) straight into the open pores of the teat, as soon as the cow finishes milking, sealing it to reduce infection.

The cluster of cups is then flushed six times with water, a little acid and then a shot of air between each cow to ensure there is no cross-contamination.

“I made up my mind back then this system was what we needed,” Scott said. “It was a big investment and we saved for the next four years to afford it, but I reckon it paid for itself in the first six months.”

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