Disinfectants

Discussion in 'Dairy Farming' started by stablegirl, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. stablegirl

    stablegirl Member

    Location:
    North
    We have built a new calf shed which comprises to 2 big pens with calves on auto feeders and have found you keep wandering from pen to pen, so we have decided to put so disinfectant foot mats on the entrance to each pen.

    What chemical should we have in them?
     
  2. Headless chicken

    Location:
    West Wales
    We used virophor I think in a boot dip changed weekly. We also had Perecitic scid to spray teats and around wTer bowls
     
  3. coomoo

    coomoo Member

    Location:
    Scotland
    Crikey that’s thorough :oops: How’s it going? Week 3 here and delighted. 032AC29B-2BB9-441B-A898-A2577503D20D.jpeg 65C43349-0C26-4422-B69E-5DD68D22AD31.jpeg
     
  4. lazy farmer

    lazy farmer Member

    Location:
    som/dor border
    Can’t agree there.
     
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  5. Wee Willy

    Wee Willy Member

    Location:
    Tyrone
    Sorry to point it out but there’s a scour stain on the wall in the 1st picture.
     
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  6. Tonka

    Tonka Member

    Location:
    N Yorkshire
    @coomoo Looks good...…………..collecting yard over wall in first pic?
    Any concerns/problems with shared airspace?
     
  7. Grassman247

    Grassman247 Member

    Just wait until things start going wrong
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    Repair guys came straight out full credit to them, but it’s not very automatic when there’s 60 hungry calves not getting fed.

    Can’t wait to go back to pens and buckets
     
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  8. Friends of mine have been using calves fed by robots for years, would never go back. They are generally very reliable and work very well, with calf performance more than offsetting the downsides. Feeding calves only twice a day is not optimal if we are really being honest.

    Feed as much powder as you can, you won't get that animal to ever grow as fast as it can as a calf ever again in its lifetime.
     
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  9. coomoo

    coomoo Member

    Location:
    Scotland
    I know calves moved from old facilities, none now they’ve settled
     
  10. coomoo

    coomoo Member

    Location:
    Scotland
    Yeah it is, was a concern but the amount of air movement and freshness I don’t see it being a problem but will be monitoring it. @Grassman247 that looks a proper disaster to walk in on.
     
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  11. bar718

    bar718 Member

    @coomoo how much fall have you got in them pens and where is the drains. Sorry for asking for details but it’s our next project so looking at all the different ideas at present.
     
  12. coomoo

    coomoo Member

    Location:
    Scotland
    Near 4 inch back to front. Used gully drains taking into an existing lagoon with the amount of wash water and rinsing after each calf should run fine. Plenty ducting aswell. Waiting on a run of hose so that it’s easy to rinse and disinfect whole station, bucket and brush the now with peracetic.
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  13. As I keep saying to people, any decision you make going forward should be carefully examined with regard to reducing potential labour liabilities as available labour just might not exist going forward and will invariably become ever more expensive.
     
  14. coomoo

    coomoo Member

    Location:
    Scotland
    Totally agree. So far I can’t stress the flexibility this has allowed here.
     
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  15. coomoo

    coomoo Member

    Location:
    Scotland
    @stablegirl what have you come up with disinfectant wise?
     
  16. stablegirl

    stablegirl Member

    Location:
    North
    Possibly Virkon I think mats turned up yesterday.
     
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  17. It is worth noting that all disinfectants are inactivated by organic matter, so if you are going to be serious about using them, you need to thoroughly clean (hot water/steam and detergent) calf pens or equipment or wellies etc before you apply them.

    Please please please do not use lime any longer. I remember using it many many years ago, and I know it is cheap and works well but I saw a man with an eye injury cause by lime and it was nasty. It wasn't until I got involved with hospitals and medicine that I realised how evil the stuff is. No second chances with it.
     
  18. lazy farmer

    lazy farmer Member

    Location:
    som/dor border
    We are using foot dips this season before entering calf pens.any thoughts on how often to refresh them?
     
  19. You need to do something besides than robot feeding calves just to occupy your time though, what else would you do all day besides milk cows, walk them about, move fences or sleep?... :whistle:;)
     

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