Square milking liners from Skellerup raised a few eyebrows when they first became available several years ago but one farming couple who made the change early says they’ve never looked back.

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Tradition plays an important role on a second generation family dairy farm in Taranaki with a proud and successful 50 year history of stud breeding.

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It took the Davison family a long time to find the right milking liners for their hard-working 50 bale rotary at Wanganui, but once they did, there was no looking back.  Milking year-round, they tried as many different liner combinations as they could think of to suit their system but nothing quite worked - cup slip remained an on-going frustration.
 
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A small change in milking systems has brought big benefits to both cow health and milk quality on a busy, intensive autumn-calving farm in the Waikato.  Graham and Rebecca Barlow milk 350 autumn-calving Jersey cows on 67 ha with the help of two staff at Gordonton. Graham is a member of the Fonterra Shareholders Council.
 
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Last October lower order sharemilkers Ian and Nat Butler received a phone call from their farm owner. The bulk milk somatic cell count (SCC) for 500 cows on their coastal Taranaki farm had dropped by 60,000, virtually overnight. What had the Butlers done?

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