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Milking Machine Workshops Offered at UW-Madison

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is offering courses on milking machines, milking management and milk quality. The courses are primarily for veterinarians, industry professionals, and milking operation managers who have a basic level of knowledge and some field experience.

The courses, offered in November and January, can be taken individually or in sequence. The registration fee for each class includes instructional materials and meals. Instructors include faculty from the UW-Madison milking lab and dairy science department, the UW vet school, and industry professionals.

∑ Milking Machine Analysis, Nov. 3-4, 2003, $300
This course will teach participants how to perform the latest milking machine tests and interpret results. Topics include: “Standards and Guidelines for Vacuum Level and Stability During Milking,” “Instrument Calibration-Making Good Measurements” and “Measurements for Assessing Cleaning Flow.”

∑ Variable Frequency Drives for Dairy Farms, Nov. 5, 2003 or Jan. 15, 2004, $150
This course will familiarize participants with variable frequency drives used in milking systems. Course topics include: “Variable Speed Milk Pumps,” “Troubleshooting/Tuning Variable Frequency Drives,” and “Potential Energy Savings.”

∑ Milking Parlor Management, Nov. 6, 2003, $150
This course, for experienced milking parlor managers or advisors, will cover how to assess milking parlor performance, develop standard operating procedures and employee training programs, and set up a continuous monitoring program for milking parlor operations. Topics include: “Training People and Cows,” and “Key Performance Indicators for Monitoring Automated Milking Parlors.”

∑ Advanced Milking Machine Analysis, Jan. 12-13, 2004, $450
In this course, participants will learn how to assess the milking process, diagnose problems and offer solutions. Topics include: “Action of the Milking Unit,” “Assessing Milking Performance, Key Performance Indicators, Interpretation,” and “Electronic Data Collection on Milking Performance from Milking Parlors.”

Registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 27. Registration for the courses is by mail or fax only. Checks should be made payable to UW-Madison. Registration forms must be mailed or faxed to CALS Outreach Services, 620 Babcock Drive, Madison, WI 53706, fax (608) 262-5088.

For more information or to request a registration form, contact the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Outreach Services: (608) 263-1672.

For additional program information, contact Doug Reinemann, director of the UW Milking Research and Instruction Lab: (608) 262-0223 or