The Liner’s Role in Farm Profitability

Dairy productivity depends on optimizing a number of variables, including maximizing milkout and avoiding mastitis. Proper liner slippage plays a role in addressing both of those issues. That’s what makes Conewango liners such a vital part of your milking system. Backed by over 75 years of experience and performance, Conewango cup liners are fabricated from quality rubber to ensure proper alignment and superior durability.

An Overview of Liner Slippage

The performance of vacuum milking systems is built on excluding air. Any gaps, leaks, or loose fittings will significantly alter the system’s efficiency. Proper maintenance and inspections can head off problems in the claw and throughout the lines, but the liner is a potential gap in this system.

A perfectly intact liner can leak even if it has been properly connected to the cow. This means that even perfect performance by workers may not be enough to maintain an adequate seal. That’s why a quality liner is essential to maintaining a vacuum in the milking system.

How Slippage Contributes to Mastitis

Infections of any kind, including mastitis, occur with the introduction of a pathogen into the body through some means that bypasses the protection of the skin. When a liner slips, it interferes with the normal direction of milk flow. This can force milk to re-enter the teat after being contaminated by outside air that was introduced during the slip.

This invasion of pathogens can quickly lead to mastitis, slashing animal performance, generating medical costs, and impacting your profitability. Research has shown that severe slippage can increase mastitis rates by up to 15%. Slippage further exacerbates mastitis by reducing the completion of milking. The milk left behind in the udder is a perfect culture for mastitis pathogens to grow, so teat cup liners must maintain an adequate seal until the udder has been fully emptied.

Slippage and Poor Milkout

Another major drain on profitability is poor milkout. No matter how well you manage nutrition, health, and production, your efforts and money are wasted if you do not capture every pound of milk that your cows generate from those inputs.

Modern milking systems are designed to maximize milkout, but they are only as good as the connection with the cow. If it is slipping, air enters the system and burdens the pump, wasting energy and creating strain on the equipment. It also becomes more difficult to get the maximum production from each animal. The counterpart of slippage, teat cup crawl, occurs when the liner allows the cup to slide up the teat. This can also undermine milkout.

Our Solution: Conewango

Inferior cup liners are the common thread in these problems. That is why TDS offers quality Conewango liners. These quality products will keep the claw properly fed with milk by keeping individual cups properly positioned on the teat. They help decrease the incidence of mastitis, improve milkout, and reduce strain on the vacuum milking system. You’ll get better yield, better performance, and better profitability.

Conewango also offers inflations, tubing, and calf nipples. Reach out to your TDS rep for more information about these and other products that we provide from the trusted industry name.

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