Teat disinfection

  • An unintended consequence

    Teat disinfectant on teats after spraying

    Cameron* was feeling comfortable.

    The expansion plan for the family farm had gone well. He had secured a long term lease on the block next door, added another 50 cows (with plans for more), extended the dairy shed, and employed a labour unit to assist the family on the farm.

    The new season had started well. It had been a wet spring, but there had been very little clinical mastitis during calving and the spring, and the farm’s Bulk Milk Cell Count (BMCC) had sat comfortably below 150,000 cells/ml all that time.

    But as they moved into summer, things started to come unstuck.

  • Is it too hot in the "kitchen"?

    Drum of teat spray out in the sun

    Summer is almost here, and there will be some very hot days as well as consistently high temperatures coming, especially in some of our warmer regions.

    Unfortunately, heat and sunlight can be an enemy of many products which are used on farms.

    One of the more interesting cases is the effect of heat and sunlight on teat disinfectants.

    Many of our teat disinfectant products have some quite interesting storage warnings on their labels.

  • Protect your teat spray nozzles

    Teat spray nozzle protected with rubber

    Teat spray nozzles can lead a hard life!

    The plastic ends do not cope well with concrete in dairies, they can wear rapidly, and replacement spray guns are not cheap!

    A simple method of protecting nozzles with rubber from an old used liner can save the nozzle from the ravages of life in a dairy, significantly extending their lifespan.

    Read more: Protect your teat spray nozzles

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