Preven­tion the best pro­tec­tion

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY -

Many dairy farm­ers know the risks in­volved in not get­ting their elec­tri­cal in­stal­la­tions checked or keep­ing their main­te­nance on equip­ment up to date.

But life on the farm can be so de­mand­ing and some­times un­pre­dictable, that there seems to be so much to do and not enough time to do it in!. There’s enough to worry about, like out­side in­flu­ences such as ad­verse weather con­di­tions, that can make this job one of the most stress­ful ca­reers in the ru­ral sec­tor.

Just imag­ine you are in the mid­dle of milk­ing and sud­denly there’s a lack of vac­uum at the clus­ter and your milk lift pumps start to fail or turn off com­pletely. You are more than likely ex­pe­ri­enc­ing low or fluc­tu­at­ing volt­age to the cow­shed. This means your elec­tric vac­uum pump mo­tor is run­ning at a slower speed, which re­sults in re­duced vac­uum and cow teat dam­age.

The last thing you need is a shed full of cows and power is­sues – you can see the money go­ing down the drain. Life shouldn’t be this dif­fi­cult and stress­ful.

Or maybe you have a shed full of cows, ready to start milk­ing and notice the pit lights flick­er­ing and there’s an acrid smell in the air. On in­ves­ti­ga­tion you dis­cover smoke bil­low­ing from the switch­board, your worst night­mare is now un­fold­ing. You wish you had cleared all that rub­bish out of your switch­board and laid that rat bait you were mean­ing to get around to. Putting the fire out is the least of your wor­ries as you still have a shed full of cows that need milk­ing and your plant is down.

If this sounds all too fa­mil­iar or sim­ply scares you sense­less, then you are not alone. These are just a few of the many things that can go wrong in a dairy op­er­a­tion. For­tu­nately, there is a pro­gramme avail­able that can pre­vent such dis­as­ters hap­pen­ing in your shed. An­nual pre­ven­ta­tive main­te­nance and ex­ten­sive checks on elec­tri­cal equip­ment is es­sen­tial for the smooth run­ning of your busi­ness and an in­vest­ment that will give you peace of mind for your dairy sea­son.

DO IT RIGHT: An­nual pre­ven­ta­tive main­te­nance and ex­ten­sive checks on elec­tri­cal equip­ment is es­sen­tial for the smooth run­ning of your busi­ness and an in­vest­ment that will give you peace of mind for your dairy sea­son. It may also pre­vent a dis­as­ter like a switch­board fire oc­cur­ring.

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