Milking Parlour (CIP) Cleaners

With a range of acid / alkaline cleaners and disinfectants, Agroserve offers the ideal solution regardless of the type or size of milking parlour and the water conditions on the farm:

Alkaline cleaners: The theory

Milk contains fats, proteins, sugars and minerals. These tend to stick to the surfaces of the milking and cooling equipment, and effective dairy chemicals are needed to ensure they are removed during the cleaning process.

Whilst sugars are soluble in water, fatty acids and minerals are not, and proteins are only partially so. A well-formulated alkaline dairy chemical will contain ingredients which ensure that these substances are effectively removed from the plant surfaces.

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Acid cleaners: The theory

Hard water scale sticks to glass and stainless steel surfaces, where it can harbour milk and bacteria, and prevent alkaline cleaners and disinfectants from cleaning effectively.

Traditionally alkaline cleaners were used in the circulation cleaning of milking machines. An occasional acidic wash containing milkstone remover was used to prevent a build-up of hard water deposits and other minerals. Modern research coupled with the development of milking machines into larger, more complex installations means that we now recommend the use of an acid detergent in one wash each day.

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Disinfectants: The theory

Why use a disinfectant in the final rinse?

Thermoduric bacteria, which cause milk spoilage and reduce the keeping quality of milk, are becoming more of a problem to milk buyers. These bacteria survive pasteurisation and so it is necessary to prevent thermoduric bacteria from entering milk at farm level. They often arise as a result of poor teat preparation and inadequate terminal disinfection (i.e. final rinse disinfection after the main wash cycle).

The most popular disinfectant is peracetic acid as this works immediately on contact and there is very little risk of milk supply contamination as the disinfectant breaks down to oxygen and water.

Peracetic acid is generally used at very low doses (50ppm) , so is economic to use. It can also be used on bulk tanks as a final disinfectant and to disinfect clusters during milking between cows. Another application is for the disinfection of single service udder cloths and medicated wipes.

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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.