While Senninger has developed a specific line of products for center pivot irrigation, many sprinklers designed to irrigate crops are also used in dairies to assist with cattle cooling and udder washing.
Reducing heat stress is a major concern for dairy producers. When temperatures rise in a holding pen, intermittently sprinkling cows’ backs with water and allowing the water to evaporate dramatically increases the cows’ natural ability to regulate their temperature through evaporative cooling. A combination of sprinklers and fans running at 5 mph can help cows lower their body temperatures in as little as 30 minutes.
Before cows enter the milking parlor, they can be held in a sprinkler pen for pre-washing. When the cows are waiting to be milked, the sprinklers come on and spray the underside of the cow with clean water, removing debris and getting the cows ready for milking.
Pre-washing is particularly helpful for maximizing the effectiveness of the final wash and sanitation. It also helps decrease milking time because the cows arrive with udders already partially clean.