Drinking water treatment

Water often proves to be the missing link in endeavouring to increase animal health and milk.

Clean drinking water is a must

Drinking sufficient water is of course vital for maintaining the health of milk cows. After all, water is the most consumed and most crucial nutrient we administer these animals. Cows consist of water for a large part, and water acts as an organic solvent and transportation means for other substances. Cows use water to regulate their body temperature and remove harmful substances from their bodies. So, water is of crucial importance for maintaining good health, but its importance is often underestimated. After all, isn’t water just water? While much attention is given to properly feeding dairy cattle, water is just as important for the wellbeing and health of milk cows.

The quality of drinking water

Sufficient, clean, healthy and reliable, these are the conditions a proper water supply must meet. Once drinking water enters your company from the external infrastructure, it is important that every animal always has sufficient drinking water available. Furthermore, water must always be clean. Clean water is clear, colourless and odourless. It also should be free of any excess or hazardous substances and bacteria or other harmful micro-organisms. Finally, it is important to verify these values on a regular basis, to ensure that the water supply is and remains reliable.

How to verify the quality of drinking water

The first step is to verify the quality of your drinking water both at the point where it enters your facility (physical, chemical, microbial) and after it exits your internal pipe infrastructure in your barn (physical, diameter, material, dead angles, etc.). Only when these basic criteria are sufficiently met, can HyCare be implemented. Your inbound water supply is divided by your internal pipe infrastructure to arrive at the individual drinking points for your animals. Potentially hazardous circumstances that enable pathogens such as E. Coli, Salmonella, Clostridium and Streptococcus within your barn, include temperature increases and the biofilm within your pipes. This is why all your pipes are thoroughly cleaned in advance. We then apply a proven method that ensures that the drinking water for your animals remains clean, low-pathogenic and tasty

Distribution

The distribution of water is the foundation of every drinking water installation. It consists of all hardware needed to transport water from the source to your animal. All your animals need sufficient water, this step ensures they get it. The installation consists of pumps, pipes and storage tanks. The process is primarily managed by controlling pressures, levels and flows.

Purification

This phase manages the quality of the water that enters your facility. We get rid of all undesired substances. Self-cleaning filters, proper aeration, active carbon and ion exchange are examples of practical methods to purify water. By applying smart techniques, floating contaminations are removed, excess concentrations of minerals are extracted and microbial are neutralised. The result? Clear, fresh and tasty drinking water for your animals.

Dosing

Once all undesired substances are extracted from the water, specific substances can be added to it. This might include cleaning agents and disinfectants to prevent a new biofilm from being created and maintain the water quality. Minerals might also be added to compensate any shortages in the water itself or that may have occurred after the various purification stages. Nutritional additives may also be added, to support the gastrointestinal digestion of your animals.

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