In the U.S. there are 650,000 cattle and dairy farms, 70,000 poultry farms, 720,000 animal farms, 20,000 vegetable farms, and 350,000 grain farms. A large number of these are candidates for ClO2 treatment:
Irrigation—ClO2 is used to extend life of irrigation system plumbing & parts lost due to microbial induced corrosion originating from biofilms in lines, sprinkler heads, tanks, and other processing equipment. Tests have shown chlorine dioxide to be effective in cleaning water used for growing plants in controlled environments such as greenhouses.
Animal and Poultry Drinking Water— Chlorine dioxide has been found to be ideally suited to clean animal drinking water to enhance harvest productivity. Disinfection and biofilm control of the water and associated equipment leads to healthier animals that attain higher weights in less time. Lower mortality rates have also been observed by CDGE customers.
Wash Systems—Disinfection of the water used to wash the facilities housing farm animals leads to lower mortalities and improved growth patterns.
Teat Dip—ClO2 and other biocides are used to prevent infections.
Hatchery and Livestock Cleaning—Hatcheries and other batch livestock facilities must be cleaned and disinfected after each flock is harvested to ensure a healthy atmosphere for the next flock. Chlorine dioxide is frequently used for its effectiveness at low concentrations.