Sheep (England): Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock (PB5162)

Milk Sheep: Milking Practices

  1. Special attention should be paid to milking techniques, the adjustment of milking equipment and dairy hygiene. Milking should take place at least daily, on a regular basis, ensuring that ewes are not left with unrelieved, distended udders.
  2. Before and after milking, hygiene measures should be adopted to reduce the spread of diseases of the mammary gland.
  3. Good milking practices include careful handling, examination of foremilk and avoidance of excessive stripping.
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