A2 milk has been suggested as a healthier option, especially for people who are lactose intolerant. Since we know that milk can help us avoid a number of diseases, it is important to understand how it is treated. Milk has a short shelf life and requires careful handling as it is a good medium for germs to grow – especially bacterial pathogens – which can ruin the product and cause illness in the consumer.
The global pandemic has made it clear to all of us that the way products are processed and packaged is important. Milk is now processed without human intervention, which means it can be stored for days or weeks and the risk of bacterial growth is reduced.
The dairy sector has made great strides, particularly in the A2 dairy area, where newer technologies have played a key role. For example, most dairy farms have installed an automatic milking machine, which is a robotic system that automatically completes the entire milking process. The only human intervention that is required is to oversee the process, which can be done remotely.
The devices for milking contain clusters that provide stimulation similar to a hand massage. The milking process is similar to hand milking or calf suckling, which makes the whole process comfortable for the cows. This device is attached to the cow and can detect the flow of milk so that it can assess whether it is intended for milking or not. If not, the gates will open and the cow will be released. Shower tunnels are also used on certain dairy farms to keep the cows clean and fresh during milking.
With further technical improvements in the dairy industry, the farms can now ensure that the cows receive the right amount of food and have a balanced diet. Users can feed and load forage grains according to nutritionist criteria and ratios using Total Mix Ration Machines, which are similar to cow feeding systems. To reduce labor and manpower and avoid a lot of human contact, dairy farmers are also investing in technology, such as automatic water troughs that provide drinking water to the cows.
The system includes automatic level sensors that ensure that when the water level falls below a certain level, the water is supplied immediately, the cows are sufficiently hydrated and supplied with fresh water to drink.
In addition, the dairy industry has developed technologies to improve cow comfort, such as soft bedding for resting cows and massage brushes in stalls where the cows can easily stand and be massaged. Sprinklers and cooling fans are also placed in case of climate change.
A variety of programs and software connected to hardware can be used to collect real-time data on your cows. These programs can track and control each cow’s level of stress and comfort, as well as their behavior, location, health, hygiene and productivity.
The Indian dairy sector has changed with technical innovations, which has resulted in the reliance on technology to reduce manufacturing costs, improve hygiene and improve product quality due to widespread globalization and technical breakthroughs.
(The author is a director at Mr Milk)