This online/on-farm learning program is designed to give new employees the skills and knowledge to effectively and safely harvest milk and minimise the likelihood of mastitis in the farm business they work in.
Each day over five days, participants complete a theory module through Enlight then a coaching session.
Topics covered include:
  • Bringing the cows in for milking
  • Post-milking teat disinfection
  • Cups on
  • Cups off
  • Detecting and managing clinical mastitis


  • Describe the importance of producing a quality and safe food product including the factors that influence milk quality.
  • Outline the different types of dairies that may be used to milk cows.
  • Outline the biology of the teat and udder and the health problems that cows can develop if infection control in milking is not maintained.
  • Describe the correct procedure for putting on and taking off cups for milking, applying post-milking teat disinfection and list safety risks associated with these processes.
  • Describe the detection of clinical mastitis.
  • Demonstrate safe and effective processes for bringing the cows in for milking, including recognising natural cow behaviours and minimising stress for both cows and people.
  • Demonstrate safe and effective milk harvesting (from cups on to cups off) that ensures milk quality and food safety.
  • Demonstrate safe and effective post-milking teat disinfection.
  • Demonstrate safe and effective preparation of the teats for hygiene control if required.
  • Demonstrate the detection of clinical mastitis and take appropriate action.

How do I sign up to participate? Sign up via the Dairy Australia website

Who can I speak to if I have more questions? Contact your local region

Last modified: Friday, 5 March 2021, 7:10 PM