Teat condition scoring as a management tool



Regular monitoring of levels of teat end hyperkeratosis and other teat lesions within a dairy herd can be used as an indicator of the quality of the milking routine and the operating effectiveness of the milk harvesting system. While single measurements of teat lesions compared with benchmarked levels within a herd can be extremely valuable, comparing changes within a herd over a period of time provides very useful management information. Teat lesion assessments should be carried out before and after any significant change in the agreed milking routine or when adjustments or modifications are carried out on the milking equipment.