Hygiene and disinfection solutions for animals

Hygiene is important for livestock. Clean bedding, good drainage and good ventilation help to reduce levels of bacteria in animal housing. The hygiene of animals farms include the sanitation of people, equipment, animals and material entering a farm.

Sanitation guidelines

  • Cleaning: Remove germs and dirt form surfaces. This can be done by using a soap or detergent. By using an acid detergent, you’ll include disinfection and removing bacteria.
  • Sanitizing: Using detergents and/or disinfectant to lower the bacteria on a surface or object to minimize the risk of spreading diseases on the farm.
  • Disinfecting: Remove and kill bacteria by using a disinfectant. Disinfectant don’t have to be harming for the environment, choose wisely.
  • Sterilization: Kills all forms of microbial life. Steam under pressure, dry heat and liquid chemicals are used in this process.

Cleaning will be done before starting to disinfect. However there are different options of cleaning products that also disinfect. As cleaning can remove 90% of infectious agents, it helps optimizing the disinfection.

  • Clean with high quality detergents to remove dirt from surfaces and objects. High pressure water is very effective but avoid using it if you know that a highly infectious or zoonotic disease is present.
  • Rinse with water and inspect the surface.
  • Dry.

Disinfection should be incorporated in the management of any farm. By disinfecting surfaces and objects, you’ll decrease the change and risk of highly contagious agents to spread across your farm.

Disinfection includes the physical use of agents or chemicals such as sanitizers, sterilants, disinfectants and antiseptics.

Disinfection should be planned as it’s important to know how long a disinfectant should be in contact with a surface to have optimal results.

  1. Plan
    1. Identify the disease that has been spread.
    2. Determine everything that needs to be disinfected.
    3. Apply the right disinfectant.
    4. There will be downtime, to plan ahead.
  2. Evaluate
    1. Are all the surfaces and objects disinfected correctly?
    2. Is personnel trained?
    3. Wat the right contact time achieved?
    4. Avoid disinfection waste and make sure it won’t have any environmental effects.
  3. Safety
    1. Consider the environmental effects of the disinfectants that you use.
    2. Use the right tools and equipment to avoid dangerous situations at the farm.