Installation can vary depending on the size of the milking parlour, but can be as little as one day between milkings. Or up to three days on a larger rotary parlour.
The ADF System comprises of four major components. There is a stainless steel pump cabinet that normally sits in the pump room. Individual stall boxes – one at each milking point. The yellow milking clusters. And a central programming unit.
Chemical use is 8ml per milking, 2ml per teat.
An entire flushing cycle uses as 330ml of sanitised water, which is the same size as a can of Coke.
The ADF shells are manufactured from an engineered plastic and they’re actually stronger than a conventional stainless steel cluster. If you imagine a stainless steel shell or cluster going through the bridge of a rotary it’s very easily crushed. Our reinforcing ring makes it far stronger than the standard shell. And also the plastic has some resilience and will bounce back into shape.
We have a broad range of liners, that are really enhanced with our InVent technology and enable a wide variety of teats – even of different sizes within the herd – to be catered for.
Liners should really be changed every 2,000 milkings. It is important for rubber liners to retain their tension to give the correct milking action. It doesn’t matter if you’re not using ADF. If you’re using a conventional cluster – change your liners on time.
Some benefits you’ll see straight away, for example calmer cows, clean milk filter at the end of milking. But general herd improvement will come over time, as those high somatic cell count cows leave the herd and you replace them with healthy cows. And those cows will stay healthy for longer. And as we all know, low somatic cell count cows produce more milk.
The ADF System is one tool in the toolbox. It does a great job in your post milking routine. It dips the cow immediately after milking. And every teat on every cow at every milking gets a clean, sanitised liner. But there are other issues as we all know on the farm which contribute to mastitis cases. The management of your cows, clean beds, a good pre milking routine. All of these things contribute. We cannot guarantee that ADF will abolish mastitis on your dairy farm, but it is a very valuable tool in the toolbox. To have every cow dipped immediately after milking, and every cow receiving a clean, sanitised liner so we’re not transferring bacteria from cow to cow.
On average the ADF System will save you about 15 seconds per cow, because it’s not just the time taken to dip the cow, it’s the walking to the cow, and holding the cows in the parlour before you can release them.
We chose the colour yellow as it is a powerful and uplifting colour which always looks fresh & bright. It is a great colour for detail which shows off the shape of our shells. It also allows our equipment to stand out in your milking parlour.
ADF is now available in over 30 countries across the world.