Foot bathing is one of the fundamental
measures in any control strategy for digital dermatitis (strawberry foot
rot, hairy wart).
Effective products in footbaths have
been copper sulfate and formaldehyde. Formaldehyde usage creates irritant
fumes that affect skin, eyes and the respiratory tract. It has been
identified as a cancer hazard. The vapor is harmful if inhaled. Formaldehyde
can be absorbed through contact with skin. Copper sulphate is a heavy metal
and can be toxic and a pollutant to water and soil.
KlingonBlue is a new product containing
the active ingredients copper sulphate and zinc sulphate in a patented
formulation that ensures improved adhesion of the active ingredients to the
treated feet. This product formulation allows for the use of less copper
sulphate than when copper sulphate is used alone in a footbath. When used
according to label directions Klingon Blue can reduce copper usage used
weekly by up to 90%.
KlingonBlue requires special mixing
directions to ensure activation of the adhesion portion of the product.
Finally KlingonBlue was equally effective in controlling digital dermatitis
as was formaldehyde.