News

Electrical Compliance Options

Monday, 28th November 2016

With the introduction of the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 it is more important than ever to ensure your business is operating within relevant regulatory ...
Read On...

Testing Variable Speed Drive Milking Machines

Tuesday, 14th June 2016

As a consequence of some work carried out by a tester in the South Island there has been a small but significant change made to how the maximum vacuum pump rpm reading ...
Read On...

Requirements For Sending In Test Reports For Marking

Wednesday, 30th December 2015

The following requirements apply to all Milking Machine Test Reports sent in for marking:  Six complete and correct reports are required to assess your testing ...
Read On...

Owners Guide On What To Do When A Milking Machine Breaks Down

Thursday, 18th June 2015

This is a light-hearted perspective of the processes that may take place when a milking machine breaks down. Although obviously tongue in cheek, I am sure some ...
Read On...

Quality Management System Template available for Members

Thursday, 18th June 2015

What is a Quality Management System?A Quality Management System (QMS) is nothing more than good business sense. A collection of business processes focused on achieving ...
Read On...

Guidelines For The Design Of Safe External Rotary Milking Platforms

Friday, 19th December 2014

These guidelines benchmark the standard for the design, manufacture and installation of external rotary milking platforms. The purpose of these guidelines is to ...
Read On...

Machine Testing Flyer

Friday, 15th August 2014

A flyer has been produced to promote the requirement of an annual Milking Machine Test as stipulated in NZCP-1. You may like to use this to send out to your clients ...
Read On...

Fonterra Water Use Management

Thursday, 6th February 2014

Meeting The Growing Expectations For Water Use ManagementFonterra has established a Water Use Management programme as part of Supply Fonterra. Like all Supply Fonterra ...
Read On...

Preliminary Milking Machine Test Report

Tuesday, 14th January 2014

A Preliminary Test Report can be utilised as a quick reference to the farm owner / shed manager as to the outcome of the milking machine test pending the full, analysed ...
Read On...

Access, Maintenance and Operation of Vacuum Pumps

Sunday, 1st September 2013

Learn about some common problems that are encountered with Vacuum Pumps and possible solutions. Click on the link to the right to find out more.
Read On...

New Milking Machine Test Reports

Tuesday, 16th July 2013

MINI Milking Machine Test Report: We have recently introduced a new MINI Machine Test Report to allow for the testing of vacuum, airflow, pulsation and oil/water flow ...
Read On...

Dairy Farm Water

Saturday, 22nd June 2013

The purpose of this Standard is to ensure that all owners of farm dairies supplying raw milk intended for manufacturing into dairy products operate in accordance with a ...
Read On...

Effective Detergent Rinsing

Monday, 8th April 2013

Effective cleaning of dairy plants is an important part of supplying high quality milk to Fonterra. Just as important as the cleaning is the prevention of any residual ...
Read On...

Fonterra Minimum Standards For Water, Effluent And Nitrogen Management On Farm

Monday, 8th April 2013

As you know, dairy farmers operate complex and demanding businesses in which they manage ever-increasing responsibilities and requirements. Regional councils are ...
Read On...

WANTED - Second Hand Milking Machine Testing Equipment

Tuesday, 22nd January 2013

Do you have second hand milking machine testing equipment that you no longer require and would like to sell? We have members that are seeking pulsator testers or airflow ...
Read On...

Stray Voltage in the Dairy Shed

Tuesday, 16th October 2012

In June 2012 MPTA hosted Dr Doug Reinemann, Professor of Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. Doug is the world-renowned expert on ...
Read On...

Common errors when completing Milking Machine Test Reports

Wednesday, 10th August 2011

Our Milking Machine Test Marker has penned the attached document which highlights some common errors when completing Milking Machine Tests. This document also ...
Read On...

Farm Dairy Effluent Design Standards & Code Of Practice

Monday, 4th April 2011

The Farm Dairy Effluent (FDE) Design Standards and Code of Practice are an initiative to set industry-agreed standards for the design and installation of effluent ...
Read On...

Changes To On Farm Milk Filtration Standards

Monday, 5th July 2010

There is evidence within the industry that some current milk filters fitted in farm dairies are subject to milk bypass for various reasons:Filters do not have the ...
Read On...

Milking Machine Testing Equipment

Tuesday, 27th April 2010

If you are looking to purchase some new milking machine testing equipment then you may be interested in these products from two of our Members - please refer to the ...
Read On...

Milking Management - Part 2

Tuesday, 24th November 2009

As milking equipment people, we know there's a lot to be considered in supplying a customer the package he or she requires and it often involves a lot more than just the ...
Read On...

Testing Undershoot and Overshoot Using a Dairy Test Professional

Tuesday, 24th November 2009

Setting Up The Dairy Test Vacuum Mode (not Vacuum Recorder) is best used for regulator response measurements. In Set Up go to Expert Mode Enter Vacuum mode by pressing ...
Read On...

AutoRep - Electronic Milking Machine Test Reporting Programme

Monday, 12th October 2009

Introducing AutoRep - an Electronic Milking Machine Test Reporting ProgrammeAutoRep is an electronic Milking Machine Test reporting programme which has been designed ...
Read On...

Machine Testing In The Presence Of ACRS

Thursday, 2nd July 2009

Are you struggling with the concepts involved when carrying out a machine test where ACRs are fitted? The following are the key points to be considered:Firstly, when ...
Read On...

Testing variable speed drive installations

Thursday, 2nd July 2009

Testing Variable Speed Drive InstallationsOn variable speed drive systems there is usually a regulator fitted specifically to serve as a safety valve in the event that ...
Read On...

Milking Management - Part 1

Monday, 9th March 2009

There is a growing number of Veterinarians qualifying through the Milking Machine Testers Course and becoming actively involved in milking machines. I think we should ...
Read On...

Teat Spraying

Monday, 9th March 2009

One of the cornerstones of controlling Mastitis is disinfecting teats after milking. In order to both be effective and comply with regulatory requirements, ...
Read On...

Automatic Cluster Removers

Wednesday, 15th October 2008

Automatic Cluster Removers are fast becoming standard equipment on new dairy's - especially on rotary milking systems. Many would argue that these devices should be ...
Read On...

Determination of Milking Machine System Vacuum

Wednesday, 15th October 2008

Recently, the MPTA Council was informed of some problems caused through system vacuum level being set to low for the physical configuration of the plant. The consequence ...
Read On...