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Precautions to be taken when disinfecting your livestock shed

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No doubt, the animal shed must be sanitized in order to get rid of all microorganisms that could make the animals sick. Note that germs from the shed could contaminate milk produced by dairy animals, shortening their lives and decreasing milk production.

If for anything, fly annoyance is reduced by daily clearance of leftover feed and fodder from the manger. Regular water purification prevents the development of algae, bacteria, and viruses, maintaining the animal’s health.

Here are 6 precise precautions to observe to help you disinfect your livestock shed safely:

1.            Completely discard any used bedding and dung.

2.            While carrying it out, take care not to spill any manure or dirty bedding.

3.            When cleaning the sheds, stay away from using dirty water.

4.            Never place fresh feed on leftovers from the day before; instead, place them in the manger.

 5.           To prevent any hazardous effects or poisoning, use disinfectant or pesticide solutions at the right dose.

6.            Avoid using a mat when milking because milk quickly absorbs them.

Other care you shouldn’t do without:

  1. The animal sheds should be equipped with the necessary milking barns, calf pens, calving pens, and storage space.
  2. Making provisions for a feeding manger, a drinking place, and a lounging space is necessary.
  3. The shed may be made of brick or cement, but it should be simple to clean in either case.
  4. Animals shouldn’t slip on a smooth floor; it should be rough.
  5. The drains in the shed should be shallow and preferably covered with removable tiles.
  6. The roof may be of corrugated cement sheet, asbestos or brick and rafters.
  7. It is always desirable to plant some good shady trees for excellent protection against direct cold winds in winter and to keep cool in summer.

You see? There can never be enough precautions when it comes to disinfecting your livestock shed.

Did you even know that special precautions should be observed when it comes to the use of insecticide around the shed? The medicines or treatments used to kill insects are known as insecticides. They should be handled carefully and kept away from food-related materials like feed, concentrates, water, etc. because they have the potential to be severely poisonous.

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