Strategically Wash Platform

Farmer with hose with wash nozzle

Description

Constant water sprays for washing the platform and clusters on rotary dairies use around 40% of the total water used in the dairy.  In times of shortage consider turning them off and strategically washing the manure off soiled surfaces.

A hand held scraper ($90) or hand held scoop can be useful for removing the odd manure pile from the platform.

For the clusters, install a ‘sensor switch’ (ie a mechanical or infra-red proximity switch) that turns on the spray only when the cluster is in wash range.  This may not suit installations with a dedicated water pump using a pressure system.

For the clusters, install a ‘sensor switch’ (ie a mechanical or infra-red proximity switch) that turns on the spray only when the cluster is in wash range.  This may not suit installations with a dedicated water pump using a pressure system.  

Tips on Getting the Best Result

A high volume, low pressure hose close to the operator will make it a quick job.  Check with the supplier of your water pump on ways to avoid continual starting/stopping.

Pros and Cons

A low cost way to save water but it is an extra job to do at milking.  

Issues in Making it Happen

Labour

An extra job to do but not a big one!

  • Water Saving
  • Moderate
  • Cost
  • Nil
  • Effort
  • Low