Years ago, it would have been hard to believe in a dairy where cows decided when they wanted to be milked, and a robot provided the solution.
Now, the ability to have a self-generated sanitizer supply for your dairy, without the need to purchase, handle and ship sanitizers in blue drums is also a reality.
Oxi-Tech Solutions’ award-winning disinfection technology has caught the attention of DEFRA and is available to dairy farmers with a grant of £ 15,000 for your system if you apply through the government Agricultural Equipment and Technology Fund (FETF) before January 7, 2020.
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The process includes an IBC-type container, supplied with city or borehole water from your farm, and a small module of tiny cells that convert some of the oxygen in the water into dissolved ozone; a powerful and clean disinfectant with an extreme affinity for killing bacteria, viruses and protozoa.
Anytime your milking parlor calls for a sanitizing flush for the system or for the milking clusters, ozonated water is used and provides a safer, more efficient and much more environmentally friendly means of sanitizing. as hypochlorite or peracetic acid (AAP).
In addition to the inclusion of technology by DEFRA as part of FETF84 for conventional milking parlors, Innovate UK has recognized the potential of the Oxi-Tech process in robotic dairies and is funding a 12 month project to prove its effectiveness in disinfection of robots in collaboration with the Agri -Centre PEV.
In the modern dairy, remote monitoring of processes can also be important. The Oxi-Tech process works via a small black box on the wall of the milking parlor, which communicates with your milking process.
The box, called the Oxi-Hub, can be monitored directly or from your computer or mobile smartphone, and will show you how the system works.
It will also record data over months of operation, so your customers can see your disinfection records. You can even change process parameters remotely if needed.
So why change? As the new process uses only water and small amounts of electricity, it eliminates the costs and environmental damage caused by bulk chemical disinfectants.
“Oxi-Tech typically provides a 12-18 month return on investment for dairy farmers,” says Luke Rutterford, CTO of Oxi-Tech.
“A demonstration of the technology over the past 2 years on a herd of over 200 short horn milkers has shown that day in and day out the process has delivered better quality milk (lower Bactoscan levels) and mastitis rates lower than those of the old hypochlorite and AAP process.
“And there’s no manual handling of 200-liter drums of chemicals, and no health and safety concerns about chemical burns,” adds Andrew, the herd manager at the farm.
“It made my life a lot easier and a lot safer”. So the typical savings for a herd of around 200 cows could amount to over £ 2,000 per year on chemicals, between £ 211 and £ 1,148 for each cow remaining free from mastitis (ADHB DMCP calculator), and a few cents on each liter of milk while maintaining the quality in the upper range.
Add to that the health, safety and environmental benefits, and the reason for the change seems much simpler.
Dairy farmers are leading the way in the new wave of agricultural technologies as they align with the sustainability and productivity expectations of the modern farm.
Greening the cleaning process seems like a good place to focus.
Ensuring biosecurity in your dairy not only reduces cow-to-cow infections and produces high-quality milk, which increases productivity and profitability, but the Oxi-Tech process brings your farm closer to Net Zero.
You might wonder why ozone hasn’t become popular in this application before?
“Our process produces ozone in solution when and where it’s needed,” says Luke Rutterford.
“It’s a whole new way to produce this powerful form of oxygen, and so much easier and cheaper than producing it as a gas from air or oxygen. We think this is a game changer ”.
Ozone is commonly used to treat drinking water in the UK and has been shown to be one of the most effective ways to eradicate biofilms, meaning it kills microorganisms in low doses. over short contact times.
Compared to chlorine, it is both more potent and leaves no harmful byproducts, and it will kill some pathogens that chlorine will not, like Cryptosporidium.
This makes it attractive as a disinfectant for animal drinking water on farms using borehole water or rain catchment.
Once the ozone has undertaken disinfection, anything else simply turns into oxygen, ensuring disinfection without leaving any residue (such as chlorate) in the water, milk, equipment or the environment.
Cleaner milk, a healthier herd and a safer, greener farming environment, and a more profitable dairy business to start.