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DavidandCollette

  • Joined Dec 2012
cleaning livestock trailer
« on: November 16, 2015, 01:46:14 pm »
Hi what disinfectant should I use to clean an aluminium trailer please?
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Buffy the eggs layer

  • Joined Jun 2010
  • East Yorkshire
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Re: cleaning livestock trailer
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2015, 04:35:16 pm »
Hi,


   it needs to be an approved disinfectant to satisfy the laws around animal movement. You could give your agri merchant or country store rep a call and see whats on offer. I use Battles as a general rule which is black in colour so sometimes called "black disinfectant". A little goes along way as you need to dilute it. I clean the aluminium trailer with it as well as the concrete floor of the lambing shed and use it as a boot wash.

For biosecurity though you need one on this list. http://disinfectants.defra.gov.uk/. I use the Bio-kill as it is made locally.
« Last Edit: November 16, 2015, 04:54:37 pm by Buffy the eggs layer »
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Possum

  • Joined Feb 2012
  • Somerset
Re: cleaning livestock trailer
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2015, 10:49:07 pm »
I use Virkon. Approved and smells nice!

farmers wife

  • Joined Jul 2009
  • SE Wales
Re: cleaning livestock trailer
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2015, 01:39:50 pm »
never use disinfectant always a hot jetwash and soap.  Unless you are sharing a wagon or have issues Hot water and soap should suffice.

Bionic

  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Re: cleaning livestock trailer
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2015, 03:46:02 pm »
never use disinfectant always a hot jetwash and soap.  Unless you are sharing a wagon or have issues Hot water and soap should suffice.
I think if you get a check up from AH they wouldn't agree that this would suffice
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bazzais

  • Joined Jan 2010
    • Allt Y Coed Farm and Campsite
Re: cleaning livestock trailer
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2015, 07:47:23 pm »
I presume your talking about not damaging the trailer - as anything that says - 'kills germs' on the tin will do that.

Just rinse it out properly with tap water or field water after cleaning - be fine.

shep53

  • Joined Jan 2011
  • Argyll
Re: cleaning livestock trailer
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2015, 08:21:19 pm »
High pressure washer .          When the last F & M  outbreak was on going and all trailers were inspected at the auction , only pressure washing   done

nutterly_uts

  • Joined Jul 2014
  • Jersey - for now :)
Re: cleaning livestock trailer
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2015, 09:32:26 pm »
I use Virkon. Approved and smells nice!

Virkon is good stuff but you need to be REALLY careful with the powder .. nasty stuff to inhale. Its usually worth paying more for the tablets as it cuts the risk right down

IretonsFarm

  • Joined Aug 2015
Re: cleaning livestock trailer
« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2015, 10:27:43 am »
Bio security is a funny one, I suppose it depends on how many animals you are dealing with and type. Pig farmers are generally ahead of the curve on this (because they have to be) compared to cattle or sheep etc and obviously if you are fattening the odd weaner for the freezer you might not feel the need to embrace all the regulation and best practices of the industry.

For what it is worth the bepx and red tractor schemes (I use those two because I know them) are similar

Bpex: http://www.bmpa.uk.com/_Attachments/Resources/4831_S4.pdf
Red tractor:http://assurance.redtractor.org.uk/resources/000/799/072/RT_%28ABMABP%29Transport_Standards_v2_4_June_2011_%28change_to_2.2.1_13.01.14%29.pdf

I use a normal car wash detergent, then rinse, then FAM 30, then rinse again on my trailer plus arks, troughs etc between batches of pigs.

It is important to remember that disinfectant is not a detergent and should only be used on already cleaned surfaces. If you are transporting pigs it is particularly important to remember this as their feces (as in humans) contains fats that are difficult to break down.

Steam cleaning is exactly that, a 'cleaning' process. It is not a recognised form of disinfectant and as posted above you should only use one of the approved chemicals noting the dilution and contact time required. 

DavidandCollette

  • Joined Dec 2012
Re: cleaning livestock trailer
« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2015, 04:30:59 pm »
Thanks for the responses folks.  I need to track down the appropriate product now. Not much available locally

Possum

  • Joined Feb 2012
  • Somerset
Re: cleaning livestock trailer
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2015, 07:42:31 pm »
You can buy Vikon on-line. :)

 

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