Hybrid® Inflations can be implemented with nearly all milking systems.

Attributes of Hybrid® Inflations

• The HYBRID® inflation uses the round inflation that fits the Cows teats properly (reduced squawking)

• Unique design causes the inflation to collapse in the shape of a triangle (wall over™)

• Equivalent or greater milking speed to a round inflation

• Superior massage action of a multi sided inflation

Milking Inflations Attributes Diagram

Venting of Air Into the Milk Stream

Venting of air into the milk stream is very important with high producing cows. Venting allows the milk to move quickly away from the teat of the cow.

There are many ways of venting:
• Vent in Shell
• Vent in milk tube
• Vent in Claw
• Plastic nipple that is between the inflation body and the milk tube
• The best location is when it is closest to the source of the milk

Inflation Vent Location

1/4 the size of claw vent

Venting Difference

Most claw vent openings are 0.040 inches or 0.00127 sq. inches.

Hybrid inflation is .023 or 0.000415 sq. inches.

Multiplied by 4 = 0.00166. (slightly larger than the claw 0.040 diameter)

There is more friction going through the 4 small orifices of the Hybrid making it equal in volume of air going into the milking system

Air Venting Advantages

Bou-Matic, Milk-Rite and the Conewango vent all are around 0.400 deep. The IBA vent would be similar in depth

The Hybrid vent is almost impossible to clog compared to others with the exception of the Bou-Matic vent which also has the smaller opening on the outside

Milk-Rite, Conewango and IBA have the small opening on the inside of the vent (tapered from the larger opening on the outside and getting smaller as it transitions to the flow of milk which can cause more plugging

Venting System Diagram

Hybrid Modular Design


• Head section requires good resistance to body fats and teat protective products
• The head section acts as a holding mechanism and a vacuum retainer to keep the inflation from falling off during milking

Barrel Section

• Most important section although each component relies on the best performance from each other
• This is where the milk is extracted from the teat orifice. The top portion of the barrel is  predominately in contact with the teat and is where some massage action takes place
• The lower portion does the major flexing and massages primarily the lower 1/4 of the teat along with creating the shut off mechanism to close the constant partial vacuum to the teat
• The barrel requires oil resistance (fat from milk) but it’s major requirement is speedy opening and closing (flexing dynamics)

Plastic Used In Hybrid

The product is made from an Eastman Tritan Copolyester product that is an approved plastic used for repeated use food-contact articles under 21 CFR 174.5 (d)(5)

Milk Tubes

1.Conveys milk from the shell to the claw
2.Requires almost no oil resistance
3.Must be very flexible
4.Must be resistant to oxidation attack
5.Requires a high degree of cut resistance because of claw cutting.

Air Tubes

Air tubes or (pulsation tubes) are generally made from EPDM and SBR rubber since the materials in combination are quite strong, flexible and are ozone resistant.

Tarp straps are a good example of the materials ozone resistance.

Milk Quality: Hybrid Inflations

• Improved teat end condition
• Reduces cost per milking – Traditional Inflation: 1200 milkings vs Hybrid Inflation: 8,000 – 10,000 milkings

Milk Quality Management & Goals

< 1% milking herd treated and milk discarded

< 200,000 somatic cell count

< 5000 standard plate count

Milking Prep Routine

• Dry wipe, sand & dirt off
• Pre-dip
• Fore strip
• Wipe dry – use 2 towels
• Attach milking unit
• Post-dip

Inflation Types Available Today

Round Inflations

• Round inflations have been the mainstay over the past 100 years.
• Easy to manufacture
• Teats are round and will glove fit the animal
• Best design for milking speed in the past

Oval or Pre Collapsed Inflations

• Not popular because of slow milking

Square Inflations

• New to the market 25 years ago
• Improved designs have made great inroads because of the massage action
• May have a loss of milking speed compared to the typical round inflation

Triangular Inflations

• Been in the market for about 10 years
• Good for teat and udder health
• Slow milking because due to the design (flat walls will not spring back like a round Inflation when collapsed)

Fluted Inflations

• Recent development
• Collapse similar to a round inflation with the expectation that they will self adjust to different teat sizes

Silicone Rubber

• Silicone rubber has been used to a limited extent in manufacturing inflations over the past 15 years.
• Draw backs to silicone – Silicone has very poor tear qualities and can easily be punctured.
• It has great ozone protection and oil swell properties
• Excellent softness with teat contact

Milk Quality – Hybrid Inflations

Improved Teat End Condition

• Rough teat ends hide bacteria
• Reduced mastitis when teat ends are a problem

Importance of Teat End Health

The teat canal is the primary physical and chemical barrier to invasion of mastitis pathogens into the udder. Between milkings, the smooth muscles surrounding the teat duct should be contracted and the teat canal tightly closed to impede bacterial passage from the teat orifice into the interior of the gland.

A teat-end in good condition is an important resistance factor to bacterial colonization of the mammary gland.

Changes in teat tissue by milking, teat canal integrity, and teat tissue pliability may favor penetration of bacteria into the udder.

Callosity Ring or Hyperkeratosis

With thick callosity, the outside portion of the teat canal might not close as tightly and micro-organisms may penetrate further into the canal.

The surface of the callous ring can become rough (category 2).

Rough callosity provide crevices for pathogenic bacteria to lodge, thereby making full teat disinfection more difficult and increasing the risk rate of new intra mammary infection.

Figure 1: Microscopic view of a teat end with a thick rough callosity ring. Photo: Utrecht University. Drs A. de Man, Dr Y.H. Schukken & Drs J.P. Koeman

Teat End

Hybrid Recommendations

• Fore stripping and full prep mandatory
• Keep air vents clean, clear
• Change milk tubes every 5,000 milkings or when needed

Works with most Milking Parlours

Jetter Cups Available

Complete Set

• The Hybrid® inflation comes as a set of 4 (ea) inflations complete with shells inflations vented nipples and air and milk tubes.
• There are 3 different milk tubes available which are of different hardness depending on the style of claw you are using.
• The sets also come with either a 1/4″ ID or a 9/32″ ID air tube.
• Air vents are located in the plastic nipple between the shell and the milk tube for quickly evacuating the milk from the inflation to the claw.
• Both jetter cups and manifold cups are available for in/place washing for most systems.


• Fore stripping and full prep mandatory
• Keep air vents clean, clear
• Change milk tubes every 5,000 milkings
• Cows need a short time to adjust to the new process
• Milkers need a short time to adjust to the new sound
• Dairymen save money, time and the cows will improve teat end health.
• Pulsation rate in preference order
• Vacuum
12.5-13 Low line
14.5-15 High line
Teat end (11.5)
• Stiff milk tubes for parlors or metal claws
• Soft milk tubes for stall barns or plastic claws