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.