The Advantages of a Davey Microlene Farm System

Why is it important to supply your stock with healthy water?

Supplying your stock with healthy water is something that is often overlooked. If you supply your stock with healthy water, you’ll see healthier cattle and a higher production outcome, making your property more cost-effective. The average milking cow drinks at least 50 litres, if not 90 litres, of water a day. At that volume, supplying your milking cows with clean, hygienic, and balanced drinking water is something to seriously consider.

Bacteria and Pathogens

Poor water on the farm may contain pathogens that can affect your animals' health such as E.Coli, Campylobacter and Leptospirosis. These bacteria easily grow in streams, ponds and shallow groundwater.

Clean, pathogen-free farm water will reduce the risks of infection, affecting the health and productivity of your livestock. Poor quality water could also affect the cleaning ability of your shed wash-down water.

Mineral Imbalance

Poor drinking water could also have an imbalance of minerals and trace elements such as copper, magnesium and zinc. Poor quality water can result in these essential minerals falling out of suspension and settling the bottom of drinking troughs before the animals have a chance to drink these minerals that are key to their health. Also, minerals and contaminants can build up in your water reticulation pipes, pumps and valves and increase infrastructure failure and costly part replacement through equipment degradation.

Quality, balanced water will provide cattle with the ability to imbibe these key trace minerals and elements, ensuring your herd can get the most from their drinking water and be as healthy as possible. Water free from iron will reduce your maintenance costs as equipment degradation and system failures will be minimised.

Improved Water Intake

Water high in iron and other minerals (out of balance) or with poor PH levels can taste bitter and unpalatable. Reduced water intake can result in dehydrated, unhealthy animals with a lower milk output.

Supplying your dairy cows with balanced, clean, palatable and healthy drinking water will result in a higher intake, resulting in more output of milk from your herd. Creating a higher yield for your dairy farm and directly improving your business.

What’s the Solution?

Get your water tested for minerals, trace elements, microorganisms, PH and water quality. You can book this through Nind Dairy Services – just give us a call.

After this initial assessment with Nind Dairy Services, we can work with you to provide solutions to providing your stock with healthy drinking water. Nind Dairy Services can come up with the best design to improve water quality on your farm.

Davey’s Microlene Farm system is a self-contained unit, that is easy to add to your existing water system. It removes minerals such as iron and will effectively filter, disinfect and purify water for your livestock.

The HALO Farm System is something we’re excited about. The HALO Farm System operating system works in with the Microlene system. The HALO hub provides you with continuous monitoring and control of your water system. Water information and data is easily accessible, such as water flow and pressure, as well as the potential to provide more advanced operation information.

With the HALO Farm System, you can receive alerts to potential and actual system failures. Resulting in less downtime and a reduced level of costly system failures.

With compliance and water management issues becoming increasingly scrutinised in the Dairy industry, the Microlene Farm System can give you peace of mind. It increases stock output and health, reduces the risks of costly system failures and makes it easy to meet farm compliance obligations.

Supplying your farm with clean healthy water will bring a lot of benefits to your farming operation. If interested, call Nind Dairy Services today to start the process. Get a FREE water test with Davey and Nind Dairy Services.

Time to book in Shed Servicing with Nind Dairy Services

Shed Servicing can give you peace of mind, saving you from unwanted breakdowns. Shed Servicing follows on from your Machine testing, ensuring your dairy shed is in shape. Nind Dairy Services recommend you book in a shed service at least once a year.

Machine Testing is like your WOF for your Dairy Shed, while a Shed Service will ensure everything is given a good clean, in tip-top shape for the year to come and operating at its full potential.

What’s involved in Shed Servicing?

  • Platform Servicing – checking bearings, gearboxes, drive wheels, hydraulic fluid, and controls – all these elements are checked for safety and ensuring smooth operation
  • Plant Servicing – this can depend on the plant –milk pump mechanical seals, rotary gland services kits, replacing pulsator diaphragms, oil and flush service on vacuum pumps
  • Automatic cup removers – diaphragm change, rams cleaned

Shed servicing is a step-up from machine testing, fixing and cleaning parts and repairing and replacing anything that needs to be. It’s an important part of maintaining any dairy shed operation and important preventative measure to stop any unwanted and costly breakdowns. You can be booked in at any time. To book, call Nind Dairy Services on 0800 50 22 50.

Would you like a free trial of a water pump that uses no power or fuel?

Nind Dairy Services is offering one lucky farmer a free trial of a water pump that runs solely from water flow and uses no power or fuel. Davey Water Products have provided Nind Dairy Services with a ‘Papa Pump’. These pumps are huge overseas, but relatively unheard of in New Zealand.

The principle itself has been around forever but the new patented design is much more durable and efficient than the traditional cast iron ram pumps. The Papa Pump uses just the flow of water available from a creek, dam, or spring, etc. The pump will operate without manual intervention when at least 50 litres of water per minute is supplied to the pump. No power or fuel is required, making it ideal for remote locations.

Nind Dairy Services is looking for a farmer who has a trial site that is ideal for set up (like a river, stream, spring or pond). The supply pipeline needs to be installed above the pump and the greater the supply head, the more efficient the pump. While 70% of the water is depressurised and returned to the water source, 30% of the water is pressurised and can be delivered to high elevations, or long distances. Maybe you need more water and might consider purchasing something like this if it proves to be incredibly effective.

If this sounds like you – give Nind Dairy Services a call and you could be in for a free trial of a Papa Pump!

Protect your Pump from Frost with a Pump Saver

How does a pump saver work?

When the temperature drops, the lamp will come on automatically and give enough heat to protect the pump from frost damage. To increase frost protection, you can also insulate the pump shed and lag pipes.

A pump saver only needs to save your pump from frost once to pay for itself. With Invercargill having an average of 95 frosty days per year, it’s pretty easy for pump saver to pay for itself down South.

What are the Advantages of a Pump Saver?

It goes without saying, saving your pump from frost damage will save you money. Ongoing maintenance costs could also be reduced because the pump saver stops the pump from freezing up, which could stress parts. The Pump Saver will only operate when the temperature drops to freezing (or whatever pre-set level). There are also other heating options, such as using a small space heater for larger areas. Having a pump saver can offer you peace of mind during the winter months and ensure you have a plumbing system that is reliable and long-lasting.

A Pump Saver is Easy to Install

Installation is simple. All you need is a 230-volt power outlet to supply the pump saver. It’s designed to be left on all the time and come on automatically. It can be installed by anybody, as long as there is a constant power source available. The heat lamp can easily be checked by dialling up the temperature on the thermostat.

Mount the pump saver thermostat on the wall alongside the pump (making sure the heat lamp is not shining onto the thermostat). Hang the heat lamp above the pump using a hook and make sure it at least 450mm away from surfaces.

Set the thermostat to 2°C and plug it into a continuous power supply, making sure the plug is not controlled by a floating switch or pressure switch as this would cause the heat lap to only come on when the pump is running.

Nind Dairy Services are experts in pumping systems and water products for Dairy farms. For more information on getting a Pump Saver call Andy at Nind Dairy Services on 0800 50 22 50.

Is it time to change your liners and rubberware?

All rubberware should be changed regularly. With milking machines, liners and tube having to meet strict hygiene regulation. Rubber liners, for example, last around 2500 milkings and deteriorate with time and usage. What you might not be able to see with the naked eye, is surface damage made to the liner over time, which can be a breeding ground for bacteria and can cause damage to cows’ teats, increasing the risk of infection.

As the only part of the milking shed that comes into contact with the cows’ teats, liners have a direct impact on your herd health. What you might not realise, is liners are one of the hardest working parts of the dairy shed – opening and closing over 2.5 million times during use. They’re also exposed to high temperatures and harsh chemicals to keep them clean, but these can contribute to the breakdown of the rubber and mean milk deposits end up left on the surface over time.

Studies show that between 2000-3000 milkings the level of damage to the teat increases significantly. This form of damage to the cow’s teat means it loses natural resistance to bacteria and pathogens, leading to incidences of mastitis and higher somatic cell count.

Stretching your liners to last is a false economy, so it pays to be on top of your liners and change them regularly to maintain your milk quality and the health of your herd.

If you have any questions or would like to order liners for your dairy shed, contact Andy Nesbit from Nind Dairy Services on 027 209 0187 or email andy.nesbit@nind.co.nz.

Have you booked in your milk machine testing?

Testing early in the season not only ensures that potential problems are picked up, but it also reduces delays due to the last-minute rush to compliance.

Milk machine testing is now a requirement and for good reason. Nobody likes the sound of a full plant failure and the associated cost of that downtime. Machine malfunctions can cause teat damage, increasing the risk of infection in your stock. An annual test by a registered milk machine tester will help keep things running smoothly, and ensure you meet compliance.

Milk Machine Testing

Milk machine testing is now part of regulation, with all dairy sheds needing to undertake a test twice a year. There are practical reasons as to why testing takes place. Faulting milking equipment is estimated to cause between 40-50% of clinical cases within NZ dairy herds. As a major exporter of dairy products and equipment, New Zealand must conform to milking machine standards set by the International Standards Organisation (ISO).

What’s involved in Milk Machine Testing?

Testers must be MPTA Certified, this ensures they’re up with the latest information on milk machine testing, and their work is checked against the rest of the industry.

Milk Machine Testing has three parts:

  • A vacuum test checking for any leaks, restrictions or damage
  • A visual report with all the components checked and ticked off
  • A summary of recommendations with what is required to the machine working back to full capacity

Any deficiencies are noted in the report and whether minor or major, it’s good to address them all – as minor faults can become major if disregarded. When you’re using the dairy plant day after day, little drops won’t be picked up on, but this test will ensure those issues are picked up on immediately and can be addressed. It can pre-empt equipment failure, saving you from some major failures that can be time-consuming and costly.

Why choose Nind Dairy Services for Milk Machine Testing?

The Nind Dairy Services team have fully certified testers (Farm Dairy Assessor qualification) and carry state-of-the-art testing equipment to make the process as quick and easy as possible. All Nind Dairy Services vehicles are fully equipped with consumables and tools to fix any small problems that may arise. This can be a huge saving, as some small fixes can stop larger problems developing and on-the-spot fixes cut return visit costs.

Do you need a Nind Dairy Services Plumbing Warrant of Fitness?

Are you aware that Nind Dairy Services offer a huge range of plumbing services?

Taking a proactive stance on maintenance can save you time and money. That is why we highly recommend you get someone from the Nind Dairy Services team to do a ‘Warrant of Fitness’ check on your farm, especially if you’re looking to change onsite staff soon. This ensures everything is fully functional, and not causing any unwanted damage that you may not be aware of. The Nind Dairy Services team can make recommendations and advice to ensure your farm business stays operational.

Nobody likes a breakdown, whether it’s in the water supply or sewerage system, as it can take time away from working on the farm, for you and your staff. That’s why it’s best to get someone in the industry to check, clean, and repair your plumbing equipment so that it’s fully functional and you know whether it’s in a good condition or coming up for replacement. That way, you can get ahead of your gear, and know when to replace things before a breakdown that stops work, and costs you.

Now is a good time of year to get your farm and workers houses checked before a change of tenants.

Nobody likes to have new tenants move in, to then get a call that there’s leaking taps, or no running water, or clogged spouting and drains that could be causing unwanted damage to your property. Tasks that are often overlooked (and could really do with an expert eye) are things like checking your water pumps, septic tanks, and the wastewater systems. We recommend getting one of the Nind Dairy Services team to do a full check of your farm equipment and worker’s houses each year, this ensures your gear is clean and reliable. If anything does need repairing or you want to upgrade the kitchen, the Nind Dairy Services team are able to make those repairs for you, to your timeframe and budget, and often before those new tenants move in; saving your bottom line.

What Nind Dairy Services Plumbing team can cover in your Plumbing Warrant of Fitness:

 

Dairy Sheds

  • New Installs
  • Repairs
  • Pumps
    - New Installs
    - Repairs
  • Effluent
    - New Installs
    - Repairs
  • Water Filtration
  • Domestic Plumbing and Drainage

 

Houses

  • New Installations
  • Kitchen, bathroom, water cylinder upgrades and replacements
    Repairs and Maintenance
  • Spouting and downpipes
  • General Maintenance
  • Water Filtration
  • Change of tenant house check

 

Change of tenant house check:

  • Water Pump
    - Check pressure
    - Check for leaks
    - Check for noise cavitation
    - Water filter clean or replace
  • Spouting and down pipe
    - Clean out
    - Clean out water to tank drinking water system
  • Septic Tank
    - Check pump operational
    - Clean filter
  • Tanks and waste units
    - Check for leaks and repair

A Plumbing Warrant of Fitness really is a smart idea

The Nind Dairy Services can check and clean all this for you and, even better, fill in a report for you, so you can make changes in your time, and to your budget. They can also make recommendations on how to get the best life out of your gear, small parts could do with a replacement, or a good clean could extend the life of your farm equipment.

To get your farm cleaned, checked and repaired, contact the Nind Dairy Services team today.

 

Announcing the Dairy Industry Awards Winners for Otago and Southland

Congratulations to all those winners at the Dairy Industry awards for Otago and Southland, and well done to all those who entered and were awarded at the show. We have an incredibly talented industry across Otago and Southland and Nind Dairy Services are proud to be a part of it.

The Winners of the 2018 Dairy Industry Awards for Otago and Southland are…

Dairy Trainee of the Year 2018:

  • Winner – Simone Smail
  • Runner-up – Shannon Bunn
  • Third – Caycee Cormack

Dairy Manager of the Year 2018:

  • Winner – Jaime McCrostie
  • Runner-up - Chloe Mackle
  • Third – James Matheson

Share Farmer of the Year 2018:

  • Winner – Simon & Hilary Vallely
  • Runner-up – Steven & Hayley Clarke
  • Third – Jason Checketts

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