If micro-organisms in dirt, urine or manure can settle in hard-to-reach places, a proper cleaning and disinfection process becomes impossible. The pathogens remaining in cracks and seams will infect healthy animals during the next cycle, either by direct exposure or urine and manure in the pen. Creating a living environment without seams and pores is therefore essential.
The largest solid contact surfaces for your animals are the floors and walls. Not all materials are suitable for hygienically housing animals:
Which materials can I use?
Organic materials such as wood and chipboard panels absorb moisture, making them unsuitable for hygienically housing animals. Most synthetic materials can be properly cleaned and disinfected, but to house animals hygienically, there are two important prerequisites for using synthetic materials for walls, floors and floor slats:
- All synthetic elements must be moulded in a way that no dirt or moisture can accumulate in them (meaning, no cavities, hollow spaces, etc.).
- All separate parts must be perfectly joined together, to eliminate seams in which micro-organisms could otherwise settle.
Cementitious surfaces such as concrete or sand-lime bricks have an open structure and are therefore never suitable for hygienically housing animals or feed. These materials can however often be equipped with a hygiene coating, which does safeguard proper hygiene. A cementitious feed trough with a coating:
- seals pores in these surfaces
- reduces the sticking of dirt and makes it come off more easily
- cA light and even coloured coating makes dirt clearly visible which simplifies cleaning
- fills cracks and seams to prevent pathogens from settling
Pore-free surfaces in relation to the other HyCare pillars
A living environment in which seams and pores are eliminated is the foundation for a germ-free living environment. A thorough cleaning and disinfecting process decreases the infection pressure for your animals. It must also be ensured that pest or drinking water pipes cannot spread pathogens. In addition to creating a germ-free living environment, optimal care for animals is another crucial aspect of the HyCare method.
What solutions does the HyCare method bring regarding “pore-free surface” for broilers?
The five HyCare pillars
Pathogens cannot settle if all pores in surfaces are sealed
Clean drinking water
Clean and tasty drinking water is indispensable for keeping your animals healthy
A thorough cleaning and disinfection process creates a germ-free living environment
Optimal care for animals enables them to perform optimally
Pest free stables
Prevent pathogens from being introduced and spreading in your stable by stopping pest
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