Lime: With most cows now housed, cubicle hygiene is critical in the effort to prevent mastitis. This is particularly important for those considering selective dry cow therapy, even where cows are still milking.

It’s not just the cubicles that need to be clean, the cleanliness of passageways and walkways also have a big bearing. The Rolls Royce of cubicle hygiene is where passageways and walkways are cleaned every few hours and cubicle beds are scraped down twice a day, with fresh bedding applied daily. When passageways are clean there is less contamination of cubicle beds and they stay clean for longer.