Kanters is and will continue to be fully occupied with the further development of its product portfolio. As part of this development, Hoofmix has been improved so that we can now treat more animals at a lower dosage and achieve the same result at the same time. This is possible because with the new formulation we can achieve a lower target pH, which improves the antibacterial effectiveness.
To test the effectiveness of the renewed Hoofmix, Kanters (together with HAS Den Bosch) conducted a practical test at a dairy farm with 250 dairy cows. During this test different concentrations and treatments were tested in which especially the pH gradient of the bath water was important. (Figure 1). A footbath with a pH of 4 or higher only contributes minimally to claw care.
The results show that rinsing the hooves in the milking parlour before hoof bathing results in the best pH progression. However, this method is also more laborious so it will not be preferred by all farms.
However, based on the results we can conclude that with only bathing the pH stays well below 4, with a maximum value of 3.36, so that rinsing the claws is not necessary.
In addition to the pH development, the total bacterial count of the hoof bath water has been mapped and the behaviour of the cows has been studied by means of a video-screening. This showed that the total bacterial count remained below 100,000 cells after 250 baths and that the cows did not seem to experience any discomfort, pain or stress from the hoof bath.
All in all, we expect that a hoof bath with a 3% concentration of Hoofmix will be sufficient to support your animals.
If you want more information about the Hoofmix or other Hoofcare products from Kanters, please contact your dealer.
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