Method and apparatus for cleaning the udder of a cow

  • US 6,443,094 B1
  • Filed: 10/25/2000
  • Issued: 09/03/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/10/1999
  • Status: Expired
First Claim
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1. A system for cleaning udders of cows in a milking parlor, where there is a plurality of milking stalls arranged on a moving platform to move through a milking cycle, and said parlor comprises a milk extracting region where milking machines extract milk, and an exit location, said system comprising:

  • a) an udder cleaning apparatus positioned at a cleaning location intermediate the milk extracting location and the exit location, with said stalls passing by said cleaning location, said cleaning apparatus comprising;

    i) a mounting structure at the cleaning location;

    ii) a cleaning section which is movable between a retracted position which is out of a path of travel of the stalls and a cleaning position when the cleaning section discharges cleaning fluid to clean an udder of the cow which is in a stall which is at the cleaning location;

    b) a control section comprising a location sensor responsive to location of the stalls and to provide signals identifying arrival times at which each of the stalls is at the cleaning location, said control section being arranged to cause the cleaning section to move, relative to the arrival times, from the retracted position to the cleaning position to discharge said cleaning fluid toward the udder of the cow, then to retract the cleaning section form the cleaning position to complete a cleaning cycle, and when the stall in the cleaning location moves from the cleaning location, to again cause the cleaning section to move to the cleaning position to initiate a subsequent cleaning cycle as a following stall is arriving at the cleaning location.

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