UK dairy farms wasting £3m during cleaning routines
Date: 10-10-2019

 

UK farms could be wasting more than £3m a year in energy losses and incorrect disinfectant doses during cleaning routines, research has shown.

The findings were drawn from an analysis of data entered by farmers into a smartphone app designed by hygiene products manufacturer Deosan, reports Farmers Weekly. UK farms could be wasting more than £3m a year in energy losses and incorrect disinfectant doses during cleaning routines, research has shown. The findings were drawn from an analysis of data entered by farmers into a smartphone app designed by hygiene products manufacturer Deosan.

A major part of the £3m figure was incurred in temperature losses from water heated before entering the parlour. Water heating cost the average farm £3,250 a year, the app showed. However, inefficient release and uptake into the parlour meant 20 per cent of the expenditure was never realised because of temperature drop. A second key finding related to the overuse of chemical disinfectant. On average, chemical consumption was 10 per cent above the required levels for circulation cleaning – equal to £300 a year for each farm. Further losses were incurred in the accelerated deterioration of equipment and milk liners, Deosan reckoned.

 
 
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