Clean drinking water
Drinking sufficient water is important for the health of milk cows. It is the most administered and most crucial nutrient for these animals. Furthermore, a significant part of the cow’s body consists of water and water acts as solvent and transportation means within the body. Dairy cattle use it to manage their body temperature and get rid of harmful substances from their bodies.
Water is therefore crucial to maintaining good health, but its importance is often underestimated. Isn’t water just water? While the feed of dairy cattle receives plenty of attention, water is at least as important to the health and wellbeing of milk cows.
Drinking water quality
Sufficient, clean, healthy and reliable drinking water, that’s what a proper water supply must provide. Once this drinking water enters your farm, it is important that all animals always have sufficient access to it. In addition, the water must be clean, which means: clear, colourless and odourless. It also must not contain excess or harmful substances and must be free of bacteria and other harmful micro-organisms. Finally, it is important to regularly verify these values, to ensure that your water is and remains reliable.
How to verify the quality of drinking water
The first step is to verify the quality of inbound drinking water (physical, chemical and microbial values) and the pipe work inside the stable (physical: diameter, material, dead angles, etc.). Once both parameters meet the basic criteria, HyCare can be implemented.
After entering the stable, the water subdivides to the individual units and drinking points for the animals. The temperature inside the stable enables harmful bacteria to prosper inside a biofilm (such as E. coli, salmonella, clostridium, streptococcus, staphylococcus, campylobacter, etc.). This allows bacteria to spread throughout the company, which is exactly why all pipes are thoroughly cleaned when working with HyCare. Once this is done, a proven method is used to ensure that the drinking water remains low in pathogens, clean and tasteful.
Clean drinking water in relation to the other HyCare pillars
This thorough approach to drinking water pipes and the quality of the water itself results in optimal drinking water quality. While this contributes to healthier animals, implementing it as a stand-alone measure does not suffice for creating the highest level of biosecurity. It is equally important to seal all surface pores of the separation area and near the milking robot and ensure they remain germ-free. In addition, dairy cattle also need optimal care to perform optimally.Welke concrete oplossingen bied de HyCare-methode op het gebied van “Schoon drinkwater” voor melkvee?
What solutions does the HyCare method bring regarding “Clean drinking water” for dairy cattle?
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
Germ-free living environment
A thorough cleaning and disinfection process creates a germ-free living environment
Optimal care for animals enables them to perform optimally
Prevent pathogens from being introduced and spreading in your stable by stopping pest
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