A germ-free living environment
Maintaining the health of animals can only be achieved in a living environment with a low infection pressure. A germ-free living environment for dairy cattle is created by consistently cleaning and disinfecting the areas where the transmission of infectious diseases is the most considerable. These areas include the milking machine or milking robot, the separation area, sick bay and the maternity wing.
How to create a germ-free living environment
Once areas are used, an empty and dirty stable is what remains. This dirt is a source of pathogens, which is why all contact materials and surfaces must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. One prerequisite for doing so properly, is that all pores and seams in these surfaces are sealed. Once this is facilitated, cleaning and disinfecting the stable becomes easy, resulting in a low-pathogen environment. Both separate procedures must be performed consecutively.
The first stage is cleaning. As not all components of the dirt layer – such as fats – are soluble in water, specific cleaning agents are required to ensure that all dirt can be removed from the stable. By adopting the right work method, tools and soaking and cleaning agents, everything inside the pig shed can be cleaned quickly and easily. This convenience is essential to contribute to the discipline required to consistently carry out this process after each cycle.
After completing the cleaning stage, the remaining pathogens can be killed effectively during the disinfection stage. The pathogens can no longer feed on organic materials, as these are already removed. This two-step approach maximises the impact of the disinfection stage.
A germ-free living environment in relation to the other HyCare pillars
A consistent germ-free living environment for animals based on a thorough cleaning and disinfecting process, is the only way to achieve the highest level of biosecurity. Pore-free surfacesas a stand-alone measure does not suffice to achieve this.Clean drinking water and pest-free stables are other important pillars that ensure a decreased infection pressure in the living environment of dairy cattle.
What solutions does the HyCare method bring regarding “ A germ-free living environment” 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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