Livestock Hygiene

As well as chemicals for cleaning the milking equipment and for managing udder hygiene, the Agroserve range includes bedding conditioners and foot care products that are suitable for all farm livestock:

Why use a bedding conditioner?

For the very best in animal welfare and minimised udder health problems there are 3 simple rules:

  • Clean
  • Dry
  • Comfortable

Bedding conditioners are designed to soak up moisture from the bedding material thus keeping the bed dry. They should not be seen as a replacement for the bedding. They are often fungicidal, bactericidal and/or virucidal to help reduce levels of microbes in the bedding.

Clinibed 24/7 is a first choice amongst the professionals.

 

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Foot care – the theory

Foot baths are an important tool in the treatment and control of lameness in dairy cows. For successful foot-bathing you are advised to stick to a routine and frequency.

The foot bath should be sited for:

  • Easy set-up and clean out.
  • Incorporation into milking routine (adding no more than 10 minutes to milking).
  • Proximity to a water supply.
  • Proximity to adequate drainage (drain should be at least 12mm diameter).
  • Proximity to a convenient safe storage area for chemicals.
  • Pre-washing cows’ feet using a pre bath before they go through the footbath reduces the contamination of the footbath solution.

Ideally, foot baths should be at least 3m long and, for the control of digital dermatitis, the foot-bathing solution needs to be at least 8cm deep. Avoid walking cows through slurry immediately after foot-bathing and stand for a while in a clean scraped or slatted area.

Successful foot-bathing is only a part of the effective control of digital dermatitis within herds. The following points should also been considered:

  • Trim cows’ feet regularly.
  • Keep cubicles clean, especially in the region of the heel stone and do not overstock cows to cubicles.
  • Keep passageways clean. Minimise contact with slurry. Cows which are kept in damp, dirty conditions are 20 times more likely to get digital dermatitis than those kept in a clean dry environment.
  • The biggest risk for introducing digital dermatitis into a ‘clean’ herd is the movement of stock on and off the farm. Always check the feet or foot-bath animals coming on to the farm.

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For help and advice on the correct selection and use of Agroserve products on your farm please contact your local Agroserve dealer or request a visit from your local Area Hygiene Specialist.