Winter Deep Clean
Now the clocks have gone back, and the weather is turning colder, it will soon be time to bring your cattle indoors for the winter. But before you do, it is essential to take pro-active precautions to ensure that they remain healthy during the next few months and to minimise the impact of infection and disease.
Why is preparation so important?
The first reason to prepare thoroughly is that this is your last chance to comprehensively clean for several months. Once the herd has been brought inside, you will have significantly less access to your sheds and will not be able to conduct the kind of thorough clean that you can while they are empty. Using Kersia’s long lasting disinfectants can give your biosecurity a significant head-start on winter disease prevention and containment.
Secondly, it is important to understand that cattle would not normally spend prolonged periods inside in close quarters and so it feels unnatural for them. This leads to stress in the animals, which in turn lowers their natural immunity and increases the risk of disease. When you are facing increased risks, it is vital that you increase your vigilance and tighten your biosecurity to match.
What preparation is recommended?
Kersia offers a wide range of detergents and disinfectants to support your winter deep clean of sheds and other animal housing ahead of moving animals inside. Tried and trusted brands such as EcoFoam Advanced, Cyclex and Virex can help you to create a clinically clean and hygienic environment for your herd, while products such as Envirex Bedding Powder can help to maintain your biosecurity and reduce infection risks.
One of the major risks in stressed cattle is an increase in digital dermatitis, which can lead to lameness and other issues. So it is important to ensure that all animals are put through a carefully planned foot-bathing regimen prior to moving them indoors. Farmalin Maintenance and Farmalin Intense from Kersia are ideal for pro-active foot-bathing. Both are aldehyde free and environmentally friendly, with Farmalin Intense approved to EN1656 standard for protection against Psuedomonas Aeruginosa, Proteus Vulgaris, Staphylococcus Aureus and Enterococcus Hirae.
With four or five months of housing your herd indoors ahead of you, and little opportunity to conduct the depth of cleaning you would like to, it is vital to ensure that your biosecurity protocols are as tight as possible and are understood by every member of your team. As worldwide experts on farming and food hygiene, Kersia are here to support you in this in whatever way you need, from simple advice on product selection, to a full review of your biosecurity systems. Talk to our team today for information on our industry leading biosecurity products and tap into our unrivalled experience and expertise. We can even arrange a farm visit to assess your current systems and recommend ways to enhance and improve your biosecurity to minimise the risks from disease during the winter months.
It’s a long time until you open the doors and let your cattle back out into the fields, so make sure you’ve cleaned your sheds, prepared your animals and planned your biosecurity, to get you through to the spring with a healthy herd.
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