BURLEY, Idaho—Mastitis Management, Inc., of Burley, Idaho, has just introduced the newest addition to its patented line of Thrifty Dipper Teat Dip Applicators, the Thrifty 150.
The Thrifty 150, which comes in three models, reduces the amount of teat dip required to treat 100 cows milked twice daily to only 4 gal. of dip per month, says Dennis Hakes, an Idaho dairy producer who invented the Thrifty Dipper. Hakes is president of Mastitis Management Tools, Inc., the company he founded seven years ago after realizing that much of the teat dip used on his dairy operation ended up wasted or on the floor, without completely covering the teat from teat end to udder to maximize mastitis prevention.
The Thrifty 150 bottle holds 14 fl. oz. and will treat 150 cows, while competitors' teat dip bottles hold only 12 fl. oz. and will treat only 30 cows, Hakes says. "Fewer refills mean less spilling while refilling. The Thrifty 150 uses 80% less dip than conventional applicators,” he adds.
The biggest design change that makes the Thrifty 150 even more "thrifty” is in how dip is delivered to the "wiper” at the opening of the applicator. When light hand pressure is applied to the bottle, the dip travels to the top of the upper chamber and is deposited in a reservoir ring. When the ring is full, the dip is equally distributed onto the wiper, resulting in a large reduction in teat dip usage. The Thrifty 150 also features a transparent upper chamber so workers can see how much dip is in the chamber and prevent overfilling and wasting dip. Excess dip is saved in the upper chamber when the teat is removed. The transparent upper chamber is vital to monitoring savings.
The three new Thrifty 150 models are:
· The Thrifty 150 Post—uses 4 gal. of dip per 100 cows per month when milking twice daily.
· The Thrifty 150 Pre—uses the same amount of dip, but is designed with a special pre-dip wiper that is more durable, lasts longer during predipping, and better accommodates thinner predips.
· The Thrifty 150 Pro—uses less than 4 gal. of dip per month per 100 cows milked twice daily. This design eliminates the bottle and dip travels directly from a tote to the teat wiper via a pressurized line.
"The Thrifty 150 line is another step forward in the evolution of efficient dairying and improvements in herd health,” Hakes says. "Savings are immediate, as are the health benefits associated with 100% coverage of the teat with germicidal solution. Plus, the savings are so great, the units have a very rapid payback on investment.”
In a 2010 independent study, the Thrifty 150 was compared to a conventional applicator to gauge the difference in the amount of teat dip used and cost savings. "We found dramatic savings between the two groups in teat dip use,” says Ed King of MicroTechnologies of Jerome, Idaho, who conducted the study. "These ranged from an average cost of $78.65 per day for the control group of 760 cows to an average cost of $29.83 per day for dip for the 772-cow Thrifty Dipper group. We figure a savings to the dairy producer of $1,513 per month or $18,156 per year for that approximate size herd, at a cost of about $14.37 per cow per year when using the Thrifty 150.” Other potential benefits from the Thrifty 150 include:
· Bonuses for increased milk quality
· Lower somatic cell count and less mastitis
· Lower cull rates
· Employee health benefits from less exposure to dips or fumes
· Reduced exposure to health insurance or workman's compensation claims
"Mastitis is the most expensive problem on any dairy farm,” Hakes says. "The 100% skin coverage from the Thrifty 150 lets you be more proactive against mastitis.”
For more information, contact Mastitis Management at 1-866-677-1166 or email email@example.com.