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Farmers now put reusable udder cloths in washing machine

Farmers now put reusable udder cloths in washing machine


  • professional washing machine innovation
  • save money
  • become more sustainable
  • increase hygiene

With milk prices continuing to fall Southern Contracts have teamed up with Electrolux to help famers save money and become more sustainable.

For example a herd of 600 cows milking 3 times a day could save over £1000 per month according to Paul Robinson, Owner, Woodhey Dairy! 

Udder Option also reduces the risk of bovine mastitis – the dairy farmer’s nemesis. That’s not all; other benefits include increased hygiene, lower bacteria levels in milk, validation of processes for auditors along with improved sustainability.

Currently dairy farmers use disposable wipes, to clean cow’s teats prior to milking. This is not only costly, but creates a waste disposal issue too. By installing an Electrolux professional washing machine, specially adapted with programmes to wash and thermally disinfect reusable cloths these savings can be made from day one.

Dairy farmers can quickly find out how big the savings would be with our handy Cowculator.

During a visit to America, Woodhey Dairy’s owner, Paul Robinson, saw how the agricultural sector utilises re-usable cloths to clean their herd’s teats prior to milking. 

This led to staff at Woodhey Dairy Farm tasking GEA Farm Technologies; a worldwide leading manufacturer of technical innovations for cost-efficient milk production, with the design and implementation of an equally sustainable systems those used across the Atlantic. 

It was through GEA Farm Technologies that Paul was made aware of the range of commercial laundry equipment offered by Electrolux Professional, which would enable the dairy to make significant cost savings through the use of reusable cloths, without compromising on the condition or cleanliness of its cows’ teats. Through a partnership with GEA Farm Technologies and Electrolux Professional, staff at Woodhey Dairy invested in an Electrolux Professional W5180S commercial washing machine. 

With a 20kg capacity and the ability to enhance its software using a dedicated farm program, the machine proved the perfect fit for the dairy’s implementation of reusable teat cloths. The cloths are simply loaded into the washer, which has a specially developed farm programme for thermal disinfection to healthcare standards. 

Through this bespoke thermal disinfection programme, a hot wash in excess of 90°C ensures that micro-organisms that cause Mastitis are inactivated. The machine is also capable of leaving the cloths finished with residual moisture, which is a requirement when it comes to the point of use. 

Using the W5180S, staff at the dairy have also been able to enhance the economy of their reusable teat cloth innovation further by making use of the machine’s capability to weigh linen and adjust water and energy demand according to load. This leads to considerable savings on occasions where the machine is not fully loaded.

Contact Southern Contracts today to discuss how to money can be saved from your cleaning and laundry bills.


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