Cleaning and disinfection
It is very important to clean and disinfect drinking water systems regularly, preferably every time the stable is empty when the animals are transported out. Cleaning should be done immediately after a round of administering medication via drinking water. Drinking water systems can also be cleaned before the use of medication, in order to be certain that the piping is clean when medication is added to the water. It is important that drinking water pipes are cleaned regularly to prevent potential problems such as clogged piping and drinking nipples. A number of specialist products are available on the market to facilitate the proper cleaning and disinfection of piping. A survey of the use of drinking water and drinking water medication in practice reveals that livestock breeders clean piping using chlorine, organic acids, peracetic acid and/or cleaning agents based on hydrogen peroxide.
Especially chlorides are used for cleaning but also hydrogen peroxide and organic- and per acetic acids. See also chapter 4 of the Watermedication guide below
Products that contain sugars like lactose have the disadvantage to form biofilms in the circuit leading to clogged pipes and nipples.
Watch this video to learn more about biofilms and the solution for those problems.
Click here to open the brochure on Biomass production potential of antibiotic solutions intended for application in animal drinking water.
The brochure describes the validated test Dechra performed to review 3 doxycycline-containing, water-soluble powders on their individual effects on the (re)growth of microorganisms in drinking water systems. These powders, in particular, differ in the composition of their buffers and fillers.
Cleaning and disinfection should be executed every time a stable is empty and after every round of medication through the water. If this is not done sufficiently the chance on formation of biofilm is much higher.
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