FRS advises farmers to maintain good hygiene in milking parlours

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FRS advises farmers to maintain good hygiene in milking parlours

In all weather conditions, it is vital to keep good hygiene maintained within the dairy parlour.

At FRS the operators are fully trained and insured to provide farmers with a quality relief milking service.

FRS are currently running the Best Practice in Milking course to help farmers become more skilled in the milking parlour.

The course itself was developed by Teagasc, AHI (Animal Health Ireland) and FRS. It has proven to be a great success to date. The course runs over a two-day period and awards a FETAC level 6 certification.

Follow these cleaning methods for your milking machines:

n Cold circulation cleaning using caustic detergents

n Hot circulation cleaning using alkaline / chlorine detergent / sterilisers

n Acid detergents or milkstone removers weekly hot wash routine (in conjunction with cold circulation wash)

Cold circulation cleaning using caustic detergents:

n Rinse plant with adequate amounts of cold water (14 litres per unit)

n Circulate an approved milkstone remover (acid detergent) in nine litres of cold or hot water per unit 10 minutes (max)

n Follow by circulating a caustic detergent wash with added hypochlorite or an alkaline / chlorine product in nine litres per unit for 10 minutes.

n Flush plant with 14 litres of cold water per unit prior to milking.

Hot circulation cleaning using alkaline / chlorine detergents/sterilisers:

n Wash jitters and outside of clusters (remove milk filter)

n Rinse plant with 14 litres of cold water per unit

n Mix liquid alkaline / chlorine detergent / steriliser in hot water (70-80 degrees Celsius) at nine litres water per unit

n Circulate for 10 min, retain if recommended for the second daily wash. (first five litres to waste)

n Rinse immediately after main wash with 14 litres per unit of cold water

n Ensure the system is drained before milking

For further details on the Best Practice in Milking Course, contact FRS on 0505-22100 or log on to www.frstraining.com