Method of mechanically milking an animal and teat cup liner  

J.L. van Leeuwen (Inventor), P.H. Hogewerf (Inventor), A.H. Ipema (Inventor), C.J.A.M. de Koning (Inventor), J.G.M. van den Boogaart (Inventor), M.C. van Turnhout (Inventor)

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Abstract

Method of mechanically milking a lactating animal, such as a cow, a goat and a sheep, comprising: providing an animal having at least one teat (110), said teat comprising an elongate shaft (112) and a teat end (114) at an end of said shaft, said teat end comprising a teat canal (116) having an external orifice (118); milking the teat (110) by repeatedly alternatingly increasing and decreasing a diameter (D) of at least a longitudinal portion of its shaft (112), while maintaining a substantially axi-symmetric shape of said portion of the shaft, and while continuously applying a milking vacuum to the teat end (114) so as to extract milk from the external orifice (118) of the teat canal (116). Also disclosed is a teat cup liner for practicing the disclosed method.
Original languageEnglish
Patent numberWO2013137735
Priority date15/03/12
Publication statusPublished - 19 Sep 2013

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