Maximising milk production is a crucial aspect of the dairy industry, and it heavily relies on the quality of water available for the herd.
Clean water is essential for the health and well-being of the animals and plays a significant role in the feed conversion rate, milk production, and overall performance.
Poor water quality can cause a decrease in water consumption and feed conversion rate, reducing milk production. Young stock is more vulnerable to untreated water, which can increase mortality rates and negatively impact overall welfare.
Access to clean water is vital for profitable milk production, and poor-quality water can lead to the prevalence of diseases in the herd, such as tuberculosis. It is proven to have a negative impact on milk quality and production.
Biofilm Build-up in Distribution Lines
Many farms depend on boreholes or river supplies, and they often spend significant money on chlorination to ensure the water’s safety. However, they tend to overlook that chlorine is ineffective in breaking down biofilm in distribution lines. Biofilm accumulation can reduce production and increase infection risks, making livestock vulnerable to disease-causing pathogens.
Biofilms are tenacious and resist many disinfectants, including chlorine, and can begin to reform within two hours of disinfection. High-concentration disinfectants can cause pipework corrosion, making targeting biofilm with the right disinfectant important.
Chlorine Dioxide (ClO2) – An Effective Disinfectant For Dairy Farms
Chlorine Dioxide (ClO2) is an effective disinfectant with lower oxidation strength and greater oxidation capacity than other oxidising biocides. It can penetrate and remove biofilm build-up in pipework and drinking troughs, leaving no residual taste or odour, maximising herd intake.
Scotmas ClO2 technology offers a range of flexible water treatments to cater to the different needs of dairy farms – from Cidox ClO2 tablets for one-off disinfection of tanks and troughs to fully automatic dosing systems that can disinfect poor-quality water continuously.
Scotmas – Your Agricultural Water Disinfection Partner
Scotmas designs and manufactures our products in the UK and has an installation and service team based here. We are committed to Net Zero 2025 and have been audited globally for our quality management system, information security management system, and ethical practices. We are also a member of the Legionella Control Association.
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