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Animal Care

AirStream Cluster Flushing Prevent mastitis on your farm spreading during milking in the parlour. The spreading of mastitis can occur from high amounts of Staph Aureus Bacteria remaining in the liner after milking an infected cow. These bacteria can be spread to the next 4 cows during the milking process unless properly cleaned, this is known as cross contamination. Pearson’s Cluster Flush System back-flushes the cluster either after every cow or just the infected cow, depending on the system installed. The cluster is flushed with a parasitic acid and injected with compressed air to give a maximum washing and drying routine. The Pearson Cluster Flush System can fit onto almost any parlour without any alteration to the existing milking equipment.

Lower the spread of infection When a cow has been milked in the milking parlour a spreadable infection such as StaphAureus bacteria can be carried in the cluster to between 6 – 8 cows, the three areas of the cluster that must be cleaned before applying the unit to the next cow are the : 1. Liner Head – after milking an infected cow a large quantity of contaminated milk is held in the liner head, once applied to the next cow the milk has access to enter the teat canal once opened. 2. Claw Piece - when applying the cluster to a cow the shells are put on one at a time , once a liner has been connected the teat canal has opened, while lifting the other shells air is let into the claw piece which may force milk up the connected shell to the open teat. 2. long milk tube – the long milk tube must be cleaned to prevent contaminated milk returning to the claw piece, washing the long milk tube gives a total clean to the milking unit.

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