|WAIKATO MILK METER
The Waikato Milk Meter is an importante management tool for the progressive dairymen. Use to select high producing cows for future breeding, for culling low producers and for checking results of supplementary feeding. Waikato Milk Meter retains a small percentage of the yield in a calibrated flask from which the cow's total yield may be read in either pounds or kilograms. A representative sample can be easily taken for butterfat analysis. The Meter fits into the long milk tube between each milking cluster and the milk pipeline and is designed for cleaning in place. Waikato Milk Meter is compatible with any standard milking machine and can be mounted either permanently with the V-block mounting kit (furnished) or portable rapid mounting clamp. The Meter is available in two sizes for measuring up to 65# (30kg) or 92# (42Kg).
|- Has been approved by ICAR (International
Committe of Animal Recording)
- Is a volume proportioning device and has been tested to an accuracy of 1%
MARK 5 MILK METER
A - Optional check valve
B - ACR initiator if fitted
C - Vacuum tap
1. Location - The Milk Meter is installed in the long milk tube between the milking unit and the milk pipeline. It should be mounted in such a position that it is not vulnerable to cow damage and likewise does not cause injury or interference to cows. Consideration should also be given to operator convenience in reading the measuring flask.
When the meter is mounted below the milk pipeline, a non-return valve may be used in the meter outlet to prevent the reverse flow of milk from the milk line to the milk meter.
The milk meter should be mounted rigidly enought that cow or other movement does not pull the meter base away from horizontal. A tolerance of ± -5º is acceptable.
2. Milk tube Size - The minimum recommended milk tube size is nominal 13mm (0.5inch) internal diameter.
The Milk Meter inlet and outlet nipples will accommodate up to 16 mm (5/8 inch) internal diameter tubing.
3. Installation with Automatic Cluster Removers (ACR) - In dairies with ACRs the milk meter should be installed between the vacuum shut-off and milk pipeline. This ensures the milk meter remains under vacuum so that sampling, draining and resetting can be carried out.
If slow milking and cup falls are a problem when milk meters are installed with ACRs consider increasing the vacuum level by up to 3 kPa (1 inch of mercury) and ensure the vacuum level is restored to its original setting when milk meters are removed.
4. Installation with alfa-Laval Duovac (or DV 300) - Where the Duovac (DV 300) is installed the milk meter may be fitted either side of the Duovac switched to manual.