While footbaths can be a good hoof-health-management tool, failure to manage them properly can cost you money and give a false sense of security.
To get the most economic and health benefits from your footbath, follow these steps suggested by Novartis Animal Vaccines, Inc.:
Calculate footbath volume (length x width x height x 7.46) accurately so the proper amount of chemical is used.
Consult with your veterinarian to determine the best chemical concentration.
Use prescribed frequency, which is dependent on herd disease incidence and chemicals used.
Clean and maintain footbaths properly. Don’t let manure or other material accumulate in the footbath.