New teat spray-dip design covers robots to once-a-day spectrum

A new UK-designed spray-dip to protect teat ends and skin condition against the wear and tear from any number of milkings per day will be launched at the DairyTech event.

Brand name Unique, it contains a human cosmetic ingredient used in nipple cream for breastfeeding mums and is equally suited to robot milkers and three-times, twice or even once-a-day parlour systems, according to the developer.

“The formulation offers non-antibiotic antimicrobial effects, with natural skin conditioning for soft supple teat condition,” explains Sally Russell from EnviroSystems. “Post-milking, there is no sticky residue that would attract soiling of teat ends. In can also be used as a pre-milking cleanser.

“Environmentally, it is non-toxic and biodegradable, so spills and drips have zero impact on slurry or drainage water.”

Triallist farmer Adam Chippendale with 200 cows in-milk at Wharton Hall Farm in south Cumbria has used Unique through robots for four months. He reports cell counts are “the lowest they’ve ever been” and at lower cost than the previous teat spray. A 1,000 litre IBC connects straight into the robotic system’s teat disinfection line.

In addition to keeping teat ends in good condition, Sally Russell says smooth healthy skin on the teat body also plays an important part in each cow’s natural defences against mastitis bugs. “Otherwise, cracked or chapped skin causes pain and agitation during milking, leading to manure splash, teat cups kicked off, and cows not milked out.

“If your hands have ever had cracked skin – easily caused by dairy chemicals, for example – then you’ll know why skin care is so important for udder health. Not only is damaged skin painful, it’s also always dirty.

“Of course, no teat spray-dip can compensate for poor milking routine, worn teat cup liners or overdue milking plant service. But with these eliminated, choice of teat spray-dip can play a significant part in good udder health.”

This ready-to-use product is available in IBCs (1,000 litre), 200 litre or 20 litre drums.