Maintaining milk yield during drought

The effect of getting rid of toxic biofilm from troughs and pipes is becoming more apparent during the current drought conditions.

These images show a manganese based biofilm within pipes on a dairy farm. The bacteria that have caused it produce toxic enzymes which taint the water.

Pruex was asked to help with this issue.

Treatment with Water Plus from Pruex has cleaned the pipes. They are no longer dominated by biofilm forming, toxic enzyme producing bacteria. The troughs have cleaned up, and water intake has remained high by cows and young stock. They graze during the heat of the day, frequenting the water trough often.

Milk yield hasn't dropped, despite the grazing platform being visually short of grass.

Water is a very important component of the cows' diet. Pruex works with farmers to limit the risk of infections from toxic bacteria.