Are the surfaces in your swine units truly as clean as you might hope? When you look at a surface on your sow farm, you may think you’re staring at the picture of sanitation and cleanliness. But when you test that same surface under a microscope, you might be shocked and concerned by what you find. A surface that appears clean can actually be flooded with micropores. This area then becomes a prime environment for microorganisms and dirt to attach, yielding germs and disease. This can be devastating, particularly when you’re housing piglets with vulnerable immune systems. Here are some tips for ensuring complete swine house cleanliness:
TAKE OUT ALL MOVEABLE ITEMS
Brooms, cleaning tools, and unused hoses should be taken out of the house and cleaned and disinfected separately to prevent the spread of germs.
WORK FROM TOP TO BOTTOM TO AVOID CONTAMINATING AREAS
When you clean the space, do so with a plan in mind. First tackle the ceiling, then the walls, and then finally your floors. When you approach the project this way, you’re making it much more difficult to splash clean areas with dirty water, thus soiling the area again. Cross contamination is easy if you’re not careful, so clean the farrowing room strategically each and every time. Also, don’t forget areas that might be tucked away and easy to forget. This includes ventilation fans and light fixtures.
MAKE SURE ALL SURFACES ARE COMPLETELY DRY
Bacteria thrive in damp conditions and negatively impact swine house cleanliness. Allow surfaces and equipment to dry completely before re-stocking. You may consider using the heaters or fans to speed up the process.
At FarmLab Innovations, we’re proud to bring our lab to your farm in order to solve some of your most common concerns. Our SWASHHouse™ formula helps to ensure that potentially dangerous particles are removed from houses, making it difficult for viruses and bacteria to linger. The liquid can be applied to a number of surfaces, including plastic, concrete, wood, galvanized steel and fiberglass. It’s especially important in farrowing rooms in order to boost sanitation levels and protect piglets’ fragile immune systems.
Additionally, SWASHHouse™ provides a 25-40 percent reduction in cleaning time, as it allows organic waste to be removed with ease during pressure washing. Depending on the size of the farm, this could result in over an hour of labor that can then be reallocated to other essential tasks, such as pig care.
We talked before about how surfaces can look clean to the naked eye, only to reveal a different story under the microscope. Recently, we performed what we call the “white cloth” test. In one farrowing room they used SWASHHouse™, while in another they cleaned it as they normally would. From a distance, both rooms looked squeaky clean. But then it was time for the white cloth test, where they took a white piece of fabric and brushed it across the room cleaned without SWASHHouse™. Not surprisingly, it came up dirty. When the same test was performed in the room that was cleaned using SWASHHouse™, there were no traces of dirt found on the cloth.
We know preserving animals’ health and making cleaning easier is of the utmost importance to you. If you’re interested in incorporating SWASHHouse™ into your cleaning regimen, click here to get in touch.
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