Save time and trouble
Kling-on Blue is needed only once a week. When a foot condition has improved, it can be used just once a fortnight. Other non-antibiotic footbaths required to be used 3 or 4 times a week. 598kg less copper sulphate for disposal – better case for an exemption for on-farm disposal under the Waste Management Regulations 2005.
More persistent than Formalin and unlike Formalin, Kling-on Blue has a “long-acting protection mechanism”.
Brizzi et al. Journal of the Italian Association of Buiatrics.
Limitations of footbathing
Short contact time for antibacterial agent
“An ideal agent should persist on the skin after treatment to prolong curative function and to act as a preventive”.
Short contact time for zinc sulphate
Zinc sulphate penetrates hoof horn at less than 0.5mm per hour.
Objectives of footbathing
- Control of infectious lameness
- Footrot – Use of antibacterial agents
- Reduction in hoof-horn defects
- Digital dermatitis
Kling-on Blue increases retention
Hoof samples were taken from 2 groups of cows. One group was footbathed in 3.5% zinc sulphate solution and the other in Kling-on Blue. Hooves were re-sampled.
- Copper sulphate for antibacterial activity
- Organic acid to prevent binding of copper sulphate by organic material on the foot
- Zinc sulphate for healthy hoof horn
- Colloid-former to give a viscous footbath that coats the foot
Kling-on Blue performance
43 cows were assessed. Lameness was scored at the start and at 3 week intervals and the cows were footbathed weekly. Prevalence and severity of lameness was reduced in fact the average lameness score fell from 1.93 to 1.34 over 6 weeks.
- Hydrophillic mineral
- Forms a colloid in water: solid particles in a liquid medium
- Exhibits ‘shear thickening’ behaviour in aqueous solution – increasing shear gives increasing viscosity