MISTING FOR DAIRY COWS
Studies show that at temperatures above 26°C, dairy cows start to reduce feed intake and lose weight. Animal welfare, milk production and quality are greatly affected.
HIGH PRESSURE FOGGING IN MILKING PARLOURS OR STALLS
FOGGERS FOR DAIRY FARMS
So far, heat stress continues to affect production even in the coldest months. It should be noted that high-yielding dairy cows remain the most sensitive to heat stress. As a result, it quickly impacts on operating budgets.
Indeed, the degree of heat stress suffered by the cow depends on the combination of environmental conditions. These include air temperature, relative humidity, air circulation and sunlight.
Although some producers use fans and large amounts of cool water to combat the heat, this is often not enough.
However, intermittent misting in barns, in combination with forced ventilation, is a very effective method. Moreover, it ensures optimal comfort for dairy cows during heat peaks.
The high-pressure misting system also reduces the temperature in the barn by several degrees and maintains it ideally. Thus, the dairy cows benefit from a serene environment that is favourable to the expected production.
The operating principle of our misting system is to spray water through micron nozzles under the 70 bar pressure of a high-pressure piston pump.
In this respect, the heat exchange (cold steam/hot air) operates almost instantaneously, which implies a consequent drop in ambient temperature and without wetting.
Finally, it is also possible to disinfect livestock buildings by injecting disinfectants into the misting station. A programmer and a dosing pump are integrated into the fogging station for controlled air treatment.
THE USE OF HIGH PRESSURE FOGGING ON A DAIRY FARM
FOGGERS FOR ANIMAL WELFARE
A high-pressure fogging station is very popular during the summer months in milking parlours!
Fogging helps to keep flies and other flying insects away so that the cows remain calm. It also freshens the air, removes dust, disinfects, improves milk production and removes odours such as ammonia.
The aim is to increase the hygrometry of the milking parlour by creating a water mist without wetting, so that flies and other insects will automatically flee from this repulsive atmosphere.
Our parlour fly control system consists of a water filtration system, a high-pressure pump that pressurises the water to 70 bar, and misting nozzles that project micro-droplets of water in the form of a mist, all without wetting, to increase the humidity and lower the temperature considerably.
Ultimately, the benefits of a fogger in the parlour or milking robot are considerable:
- hunting flies
- lowering the temperature for better comfort
- abate dust and other volatile particles
- disinfecting milking parlours
- neutralise bad smells (ammonia and others)
- optimise milk production