4 Tips for Dairy Farm Hygiene and Cleaning This Summer

July 18th 2018

4 Top Tips for Dairy Farm Hygiene and Cleaning This Summer

cows in cubiclesWith a good number of cows out to pasture; and with the current hot weather; thoughts of a British winter could not be further away. But now is the best time to clean your livestock housing and all the other areas that can get forgotten throughout the year.

It is well known that certain organisms can lie dormant in cow housing until the animals come back into the housing, providing the catalyst to increase them to dangerous levels.

Many gram-negative species, such as Acinetobacter spp., Escherichia coli, Klebsiella spp. and Pseudomonas aeruginosa can survive on inanimate surfaces for months. With this in mind, let's look at the areas that need most attention.

Tip 1: Cleaning dairy cubicles

Do you know that cows spend 14 hours a day in a cubicle?

For seven months of the year, cubicles with the rubber mats fitted in them, are heavily used by the cow. As we know, they can be a major reservoir of infection, mainly causing mastitis, as well as lameness in cows.

We recommend that the area is:

  1. Brushed free of contaminants.
  2. Soaked with general purpose detergent such as Sureclean to remove grime, oil, grease and organic matter.
  3. Powerwashed clean with water.
  4. Washed with a strong disinfectant such as Viroxide Super to kill bacteria, fungi, yeasts and moulds.

Tip 2: Cleaning general housing

Doors, window ledges and walls all carry waste from winter and need to be cleaned as part of the dairy hygiene routine.

general housing


Again, follow steps one to four detailed for cleaning dairy cubicles.

Tip 3: Water trough cleaning

Did you know that a medium production dairy cow will drink over 110 litres of water a day? Clean fresh water is essential for the cows, especially in hot conditions.

We recommend tipping your water troughs as often as necessary throughout the year to get rid of all silage waste and contaminates. Steam cleaning will remove all foreign bodies from the trough. We recommend a good soaking with a disinfectant such as Viruquat 300, so you know that all food spoilage organisms are killed; and you are ready to push on.

Tip 4: Cleaning feed troughs

Another area which tends to get forgotten, but is in use daily at the farm, is feed troughs.

dairy cows at feed trough


The trough or feed fence should be:

  1. Brushed clean
  2. Steam cleaned and de-greased using a detergent such as Sureclean.
  3. Soaked with disinfectant such as Viroxide Super.

Let's remember; cows (like us) like nice clean bedding, a comfortable bed and nice clean cutlery!

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