When a simple walk-through bath is used it is entirely utopian to think each cow passing through gets an effective bath. A very simple solution is placing two baths in a row: one filled with clean water to soak the dirt of the hoofs, the second with the desired disinfectant. An advantage here is that in principle less disinfectant is needed as it will take more time for the
disinfecting bath to get dirty and more cows can pass through. The costs related to traditional baths can amount to € 600, the downside is both heavy, unruly baths must be regularly tipped over.
Suppliers of hoof baths responded to this with automatic, refilling baths. These are emptied via a plug or are automatically tipped over based on a cow counter or a timer. There is no need for users to fear waiting periods for cows, as a refill
happens rapidly, both via the water system and via reservoirs; refilling only takes a few minutes. Desired chemicals are
Washing station for thorough hoof cleaning
The washing station is a walk-through unit in which hoofs are sprayed clean with just water, a system with a proven track record of improving hoof health. In Denmark these systems have been studied in detail. Cleaning with water alone turned out to be really beneficial for hoof health. As the dirt is removed off the hoof, the anaerobic environment in which mortellaro can easily develop and spreads, is eliminated.