Monday, November 19, 2012

Day 19: Teat Dip Cup

Yes, this is exactly what it sounds like.  It is a cup that dips the teats of the cows.  Before every cow is milked, each of her teats is first dipped with an iodine-based solution that kills any bacteria on the outside of the teat.  The towels are then used to wipe the teat clean of any organic matter and the iodine solution before the milking machine is attached.  After a cow is done milking, she is then dipped with a different solution, called a post-dip.  It too is usually iodine-based to kill any bacteria that may be remaining on the teat end, but it may also contain skin conditioners (think: lotion) that keep the teat end soft and prevents chapping in the winter months (think:  chapstick).  They may come in a variety of sizes, colors, and actual shapes, but this is the most common one used on a lot of dairies, complete with a handle for easy hanging off the CIP units.

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