Cleaning calf hutches an easy job with CleanPro foaming product
A calf is continuously surrounded by micro-organisms. Only a few of those are true ‘pathogen’ and can, therefore, cause diseases. In order to keep these pathogens away, we aim for the highest possible level of hygiene.
One of the most important aspects of safeguarding hygiene is cleaning the calf hutches. The use of a cleaning product will improve hygiene for your calves. The hutches will be cleaner and the number of bacteria is drastically reduced.
A study was conducted into the effects of the foaming product. During this study, a comparison was made between just high-pressure cleaning and high-pressure cleaning after the hutches were treated with the CleanPro foaming product. The differences are considerable. High-pressure cleaning alone does not really properly clean the hutches. If you use CleanPro, the hutches are smoother, cleaner and there will be less of an odour. It even removes all fly droppings and (colostrum) caking from the hutch. Another advantage is that high-pressure cleaning will be about 25% faster after foaming the hutch compared to using no foam.
During the study, CleanPro was also compared with two other popular cleaning products. Whereas the other cleaning products slide off the hutch within minutes, CleanPro sticks to the hutch well. This gives the product more chance to have an effect. This is an important property of CleanPro, making it highly effective.
Young stock rearing process deserves attention
Janne van de Ven, student at the Has Hogeschool conducted a study into the growth, health and time spent during the young stock rearing process. Dairy farms often pay less attention to this process, because in the short term, it has a lesser influence on operating results compared to the care of dairy stock. However, a good young stock rearing process definitely yields a return. Examples include a lower calving age of heifers, extra milk during the first lactation and more room for phosphate because there is no need to keep so much young stock. A longer rearing process means more rearing days, which cost an average of € 2.50 per day. The study was conducted among 30 dairy farms. This article is based on the study results.