System and method for cleaning teats of a milk-producing animal

  • US 8,402,920 B2
  • Filed: 09/16/2010
  • Issued: 03/26/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/16/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system for cleaning teats of milk-producing animals, wherein the animals are housed in a parlor area and the teats are cleaned or disinfected before a milking operation is started, the system comprising:

  • a disinfectant solution source provided at the parlor area;

    a hand-held applicator having a housing volume within which one or more scrubbing elements are positioned for engaging a teat of the milk-producing animal having been inserted in the volume for cleaning;

    a delivery station, comprising at least a pump and a conduit in fluid communication with the hand-held applicator and the disinfectant solution source, for delivering the disinfectant solution to the housing volume of the hand-held applicator with a predetermined concentration of chlorine dioxide;

    a motor operatively connected to the scrubbing elements to actuate the scrubbing elements;

    a controller, in electrical communication with the hand-held applicator, the motor and the delivery station, that is configured to initiate the actuation of the scrubbing elements and delivery of the disinfectant solution to the hand-held applicator as the scrubbing elements are actuated; and

    ,wherein the hand-held applicator is remotely operable relative to the disinfectant solution source, and the disinfectant solution is delivered to the hand-held applicator and applied to the teats in a non-foaming aqueous form having a viscosity and/or vapor pressure that is substantially equal to that of water.

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