Dan Middendorf, 130 cow producer
Five years ago, Dan Middendorf purchased the first dairymaster units in Minnesota. "In five years, I don't think I have seen a teat end damaged from over milking. It's never happened here. The teat is still pink when we get done milking, not just the teat ends, the whole teat. They have good circulation. We originally ran 16 units with one person and no automatic takeoffs and no teat damage. These can stay on for up to five minutes before the cows can even get a little antsy. We try to turn a side in 7-1/2 to 8 minutes and they milk out clean. You seldom wait for cows and we don't see fall offs. If one falls off, it's a surprise. Slips are very rare."
Originally printed in the Dairystar: July 10, 2010