FutureCow Teatscrubber® – FAQ
Choosing the right teat prep system is an important decision. So, we assembled a list of the most common questions we get asked by farmers around the world.
How does the Teatscrubber Prep System help with stimulation and letdown?
The Teatscrubber vastly improves tactile stimulation with more consistency to ensure the system will effectively stimulate every cow, no matter who is using it.
Will I need to use towels with your system?
No, the Teatscrubber does the drying for you which allows you to eliminate the cost of towels, washing machines and dryers in most cases.
How does the weight of the Teatscrubber compare to manual teat prep?
Generally, milkers are accustomed to the Teatscrubber within 2 weeks. They will gain muscle memory from using the Teatscrubber and quickly adapt. Milkers benefit from walking back and forth less, no heavy buckets of towels or trash to carry, and no aprons full of towels. Overall muscle activity is reduced when using Teatscrubber as compared to traditional prep.
“If parlor production requirements (e.g., quality and consistency) are maintained while simultaneously reducing cumulative muscle loading and worker fatigue, then TS use should be considered in milking parlor operations.”
How does the Teatscrubber Prep System help improve SCC counts?
FutureCow helps improve Somatic Cell Counts by eliminating the organic material from the teats and using a highly effective disinfectant solution (chlorine dioxide) that kills most pathogens quickly, while improving teat end health and reducing hyperkeratosis.
How does the Teatscrubber Prep System help lower cases of Mastitis?
A consistent prep routine, paired with our proprietary disinfectant solution, kills most mastitis causing pathogens greatly reducing incidents of mastitis.
Cost and Installation
How much does the FutureCow Prep System cost?
The cost of the system is dependent on the type and size of your parlor, plus a few other set-up factors. Your local dealer will be able to break down the cost for you based on the individual needs of your dairy. Please visit our Dealer Locator page to find your local dealer.
What equipment will I need for my parlor?
Equipment needs are based on number of Teatscrubber drops required and the type of control panel you choose. For example, one Double 10 Parallel Parlor will likely require one Teatscrubber hanging in the parlor, a control box, a chemical mixing system, and one spare scrubber.
How much training is required to use the system?
You and your employees will be trained on the day of your install. We also provide step-by-step instructions in the User Manual. Follow up training sessions are available upon request.
What chemical do you use for pre-milking prep?
Our system uses a chlorine dioxide solution to disinfect teats. Chlorine dioxide is a quick kill disinfectant that acts quickly to kill microorganisms on the teat while leaving the skin healthy. No solution used in any teat scrubber on the market is more effective than chlorine dioxide – and FutureCow is the only teat scrubber system that can use it.
Why not iodine? What is the advantage of using your chemical?
Most iodine-based dips start killing bacteria after 30 to 35 seconds of contact while chlorine dioxide is a quick kill disinfectant that starts 10 seconds or less after contact. Additionally, iodine leaves a residue on the teat that must be wiped off prior to milking while chlorine dioxide does not. Plus, chlorine dioxide is a more cost-effective option when compared to iodine.
Can I change the concentration of the chemical?
Yes, you can adjust the concentration based on the needs of your parlor.
Brushes and Maintenance
What is the maintenance like for the FutureCow Prep System?
FutureCow’s Teatscrubber® was designed to be zero maintenance. The only thing required on your farm is simple brush changes. Brushes can be changed in less than 5 minutes with no tools required.
How long do the brushes last?
We recommend changing the top brushes in your scrubber every 10,000 milkings. We recommend changing the bottom brush in your scrubber every 20,000 milkings.
Any more questions?
We are available to answer all your questions. We have easy ways for you to connect with us:
- Call us at +1 407-571-2060
- Email us directly at [email protected]
- Fill out a simple contact form on our Contact Us page
- Get a custom Quote for your farm