Dutrion® can be used anywhere and in all stages of dairy production. Water quality is one of the lowest input costs on the farm with significant impacts. With needing 4 parts of water to produce 1 part of milk, the importance of clean potable water cannot be underestimated.
Profitable livestock production takes a lot of management skills that have a big impact on the technical results. Factors such as health status, ventilation, water quality, and nutrition all play a big role in reaching the animals genetic potential and improving the bottom line.
Significance of water quality for dairy:
- Warmer return water from plate coolers can increase daily water intake, (But increases bacteria growth)
- Dutrion keeps water lines and plate coolers clean from organic contamination.
- Even with a small water problem, animals can be down in milk 10-20%.
- Is consumed in large quantities (Water quality is therefore key).
- Extremely important for animal health and productivity
Field cases on dairy performances done on 174 farms by Penn State showed:
- Overall, 26% of the water supplies tested had at least one test result that could cause reduced milk production (Due to organic contamination from iron, manganese chloride, etc.)
- Average milk production for these farms was 56 pounds per cow per day
- Average milk production for farms with good quality water was 62 pounds/cow/day
- Farms with > 75 lbs of milk per cow = 0% water quality problems
- Farms with < 50 lbs of milk per cow = 32% water quality problems
Oxidation to kill Micro-organisms:
A micro-organism, or microbe, is a microscopic organism, which may exist in its single-celled form or in a colony of cells. (Include bacteria, protozoans and certain algae and fungi) When bacteria are eliminated, the cell wall is penetrated by ClO₂. Organic substances within cells and on the surface of cell membranes react with chlorine dioxide, causing cell metabolism to be disrupted.
ClO₂ also reacts directly with amino acids and the RNA in the cell. This reaction is not dependent on reaction time or concentration. Unlike non-oxidizing disinfectants, ClO₂ kills microorganisms even when they are inactive. Microorganisms are unable to build up resistance to ClO₂, in practical terms however, few bacteria live alone, and they are most often found in water and on surfaces in the form of a “biofilm” which is a close association of many millions of bacteria.
Molecular Size Matters
As can be seen in the chart above, the size of a chlorine dioxide gas molecule is 0.124 nm, much smaller than microorganisms and viruses, allowing the gas to easily penetrate any areas where these microorganisms might be concealed.