At the British Mastitis Conference, which took place in Worcester on 13th November 2013, Ambic presented the results of the research project it had commissioned and funded the Dairy Group to undertake to examine the practical issues associated with teat spraying. Together they won the prize for the best poster presentation at the conference.
Pictured with the rest of the research team is Neal Thornber of the Dairy Group being presented with the Award by Dr Elizabeth Berry, Chairman of the BMC.
The poster provided evidence of the significant range in skill with which post milking teat disinfectants are applied using teat spray systems. Whilst teat end hit rates and barrel coverage levels can be very high when teat spraying is in the hands of a competent operator, the level of variation is worryingly high and on many farms the objectives of teat spraying are simply not being achieved. In other words, the process is very operator dependent.
The research data also shows a poor correlation between the level of disinfectant used, which varied widely in the study, and the levels of teat end and teat barrel coverage achieved. The data also demonstrated that good teat end coverage can be achieved with around 14ml of teat disinfectant.
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