Check Plant Wash Regime

Rotary milking stalls

Description

Reviewing your cleaning program can often lead to water savings.  Excessive water volumes mean higher water heating and chemical costs.

Jetter systems are by far the most water efficient way to clean the milking machine.  Typically 6-8 litres per cluster are needed for each wash cycle.  An easy way to check that enough water is being used is by ensuring the wash drum does not empty during recirculation. If it does, more water is required.

Some automatic cleaning units can further reduce the amount of water required for effective cleaning.

Reverse flow systems use a lot more water than jetter systems and are expensive to run, so consider installing a jetter system. 

Tips on Getting the Best Result

Use a warm pre-rinse to warm pipework and remove most of the residue.  Fully drain out pipework between milkings.

Check manufacturer’s specifications and take advice from your technician / chemical re-seller. 

Pros and Cons

Better cleaning protects milk quality, reduces power and chemical costs.  Lower volumes can mean quicker drops in temperature so monitoring is needed. 

Issues in Making it Happen

Labour

Nil unless requires manual cleaning.

Milk Quality

Protecting milk quality is the primary concern and must not be put at risk.

Environment

Using less water means less waste to effluent.