Incorporate the footbath into the normal routine for the cows. I.e. On the exit to the parlour, towards cubicles or feeding areas.
Do it daily. It is best to keep the cows walking through the footbath even if it just has plain water or a very low dosage of chemical in.
Footbath all your cows. Dry cows and heifers should also have this as part of their routine.
Site your bath well. Your bath should be in a position in which the fumes will not affect milkers.
Keep chemical rates lower. I.E 2% / 2.5% too high chemical can have an adverse effect.
Ensure the bath is changed regularly. Rule of thumb is 1 per cow.
Be aware of temperature effects on the chemical you chose to use. I.e. formaldehyde is ineffective at less than 4 degrees centigrade.
Make sure the bath is ridged and is on a hard concrete surface and doesn’t move with cows weight. Cows will not step down into a footbath so situating it on top of the concrete is the best option.
Ensure adequate foot dips per cow per day in the footbath. Recommended 3 dips per cow per day. A 3.7 m bath would allow this.
Design your footbath in accordance with the milking system. A robotic herd who visit the bath more frequently will only need a shorter bath.