PAGE 2 – TEST RESULTS
- The second page has most of the test information as well as standard recommendations in the right hand column relating to the actual test outcomes.
- The first characteristic to note is the EFFECTIVE RESERVE - the total reserve capacity of the vacuum pump to operate the milking plant maintaining less than a 2kPa vacuum drop during milking.
- If the effective reserve is not up to the minimum standard specified down then look at the output of the vacuum pump. If that is OK then maybe air consumption problems elsewhere – look at the air consumption of components figures (items 9 and 10)
- It should be noted that regulation includes consideration of variable speed pumps
- Need to know there are things needed to happen to make the plant perform to specifications.
- Need to interpret where losses are or vacuum is down.
- Need training on simply issues such as handling and undoing nylon and stainless steel unions ensuring seals are fitted correctly.
- Note that the standard is that there needs to be a break in the milk line every six metres and no more than 6 metres from one side of the bend.
- Nylon unions are most definitely not recommended. The AMMTA minimum standard states (include extract from page 8 in our standards)