Use Low Pressure Hoses

Pit hose in the milking shed

Description

Make sure you have a high volume, low pressure hose handy in the pit.  The small garden hose types are adequate to wash teats but not much use in removing manure.

A 1½” (38mm) hose at 200L/min works nicely. Keep the pressure low (around 240 kPa) as high pressure hoses splatter the manure on walls and upset the cows. 

Tips on Getting the Best Result

A fast simple shut off valve makes them easy to use.  Two shorter hoses placed at either end of the pit are better than one long one.  A hand scraper or scoop can help reduce the need for hosing the platform. 

Pros and Cons

Saves time too. Use separate low-flow hoses to wash cows’ teats. 

Issues in Making it Happen

Labour

May slow clean-up but splash crap less

Animal Health

Keep splashes away from cows teats as much as possible.

  • Water Saving
  • Low
  • Cost
  • Low
  • Effort
  • Low