Auto Mix + Spray creates savings in both time and labour

Posted on 31 May 2019

Southland Dairy Farmer Graham Hand installed GEA’s FIL Auto Mix + Spray unit so he’d have an accurately mixed teat spray solution on hand for an entire season, and never have to touch it. Six months in, it hasn’t faulted. More importantly, he’s saving money.

 Milking 1,050 cows with a team of 5 staff, Graham is always interested in solutions for better efficiency. He recently upgraded to the GEA iFLOW rotary platform with iPUD automatic teat spray units in each bale.

 The intelligent new FIL Auto Mix + Spray unit adds further automation, dispensing ‘fresh’ and accurately mixed solution every milking.

 Achieving an accurate ratio of teat spray, emollient and water is a critical factor to maintaining teat condition, says FIL National Manager Colin May.

 “Farmers may be using the best products, but teat spray use solutions can vary widely depending on who does the mixing, and their level of understanding of what’s required to combat seasonal differences” explains May.

 “Most teat sprays suggest a ratio mix, like 1 to 6 or 1 to 9, which can be confusing. Adding extra emollient adds yet another level of complexity.

 “97% accurate, the Auto Mix + Spray takes human error and guess work out of hand mixing. The rates can be locked into the Auto Mix + Spray memory for daily use, until it’s time to select a different ratio.”

 When environmental conditions change, or a deterioration in teat condition is detected, the Auto Mix + Spray settings can be altered at single % ratios (between 5 and 20%) to counter negative influences on teat condition.

 Graham’s impressed with the reliability of the Auto Mix & Spray so far. “We have it hooked up to a 1,000 litre pod, with the ratios locked in. We haven’t really thought about it since.

 “It’s creating savings in both time and labour. More importantly though, it’s a big cost saver. I’ve noticed we’re going through a lot less solution, yet we’re using the same mix ratios and application rates that we were before.”

 The unit is pressurised, meaning it can be retrofitted into any existing teat spraying systems, or used as a standalone.

 “Installation was that easy, I didn’t even notice the guys had been and gone” confirms Graham.

 The Auto Mix + Spray takes the teat spray from the drum directly to the cow, so teat spray is mixed and applied ‘fresh’ every milking. Although not an issue for Graham, this is especially good where there’s poor water quality on farm - there’s minimal chance of poor water compromising the active ingredients.

Interested in teat spray automation and more savings? Sign up for a FIL 3-year Teat Care Programme when purchasing a GEA iNTELSPRAY2 or iPUD automatic teat sprayer and receive the intelligent new Auto Mix + Spray FREE*. For more information, contact your GEA equipment Area Sales Manager or call 0800 GEA FARM.

*Terms and conditions apply. A full inspection must be carried out before a final quote is issued. RRP of Auto Mix + Spray is $4,250. Promotion ends 30 June 2019.