Prevention the best protection
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.