Fresh cow performance

It’s the most vulnerable time for your cows — when their immune system is down and they’re about to hit peak production. Make sure you put them on the right course.
Metritis is a common fresh cow disease that can affect up to 30% of a dairy herd.1 It most commonly occurs following calving complications such as dystocia, twins or retained placenta. And it stinksmore
Five tips for improving footbath cleanliness in order to make the most of your footbath investment.more
How well are your employees following treatment protocols and keeping accurate records? A study says, not well. We look at how this affects your bottom line. more
Screen fresh cows for metritis symptoms within the first 10 days of calving. A timely treatment response to cows with symptoms can help prevent costly complications.more
With HOOF-TEC™ products, help make your footbaths more efficient and reduce the amount of copper that enters manure pits and soil.more

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Metritis is a common fresh cow disease that can affect up to 30% of a dairy herd.1 Infected cows might develop a fever and look sick on the outside, but more serious effects are occurring on the inside.

The stink about metritis
November 11, 2014

Metritis is a common fresh cow disease that can affect up to 30% of a dairy herd. 1 It can have serious impacts on Dairy Wellness, including reduced fertility, lower milk production, a greater risk of culling, and increased labor and treatment costs. These can add up to more than $350 per cow for ea... more

Top 5 tips for keeping footbaths clean

If you look at your footbath right now, what are you likely to find? Is it a clean pool of active footbath solution or is it looking a little brown? One of the biggest challenges with footbaths is keeping them clean. In order to make the most of your footbath investment, follow these five tips for i... more

Eyeballing health treatment? Take a second look.

How often do you or your dairy employees stop treatment because a cow looks better? If your herd manager or person responsible for administering treatment doesn’t show up to work, do your health records provide enough information for someone to pick up where they left off? Following treatment ... more

Screen for metritis symptoms now to avoid costly relapse and re-treatment later.

Metritis commonly follows calving complications such as dystocia, retained placenta, twins or stillbirths. It can range from a mild disease with a high rate of spontaneous cures to a severe, acute disease that can be life-threatening. Screen for metritis symptoms Screening fresh cows for metritis sy... more

Steps to help actively manage footbaths and reduce the amount of copper that enters manure pits and soil

When producers wash out footbaths used in dairy barns and parlor alleyways, they are washing away more than wastewater. This wastewater contains copper from footbath solutions. And when copper-enriched dairy waste is applied to cropland, it can raise concerns about the impact on soil and plant absor... more

BMR helps cows hit peak milk

High peak milk production is one of the goals of early lactation. But feed intake usually can’t keep up with fresh cows’ energy needs, limiting milk output and potentially leading to excessive body weight loss during this critical time. One solution is to feed highly digestible forages t... more

Keep flies on the dairy under control this summer

Spring is a time for many wonderful things. It brings warm weather, flowers, the end of school, long weekends and thoughts of vacation. On the dairy, however, springtime also comes with at least one unwanted thing — flies. Flies aren’t just annoying to me and you; your cows don’t l... more

Take preventive hoof health measures

Heavy rain means mud and muck on dairies across the Midwest. Wet and muddy conditions create the perfect environment for hoof health issues.  Take preventive measures to help minimize hoof health challenges. Make dry hooves a priority. Trim hooves at least once per lactation. Keep pens and stal... more

Hospital pen moves can be risky

Let’s face it, no one likes to go to the hospital. Not even your cows. Although we think of a hospital as a place to get well, that’s not always the case for your cows. Moving cows to a hospital pen with a group of sick cows can pose serious risks. 1   Consider these risk factors an... more

Fight metritis right from the start

Calving puts stress on your cows. Sometimes, a stressed cow can lead to a sick cow. When a cow’s uterus is recovering from calving trauma, her body can be too weak to fight an invading infection. Bacteria begin to grow quickly, damaging the lining of the uterus and causing metritis. Dystocia, ... more

Reduce copper sulfate in footbaths

If you’re looking to reduce copper sulfate use in your footbaths, HOOF-TEC ™ footbath products , now from Zoetis, allow you to run more efficient footbaths by reducing copper sulfate use by up to 40%.* Better management of footbath pH levels will help you reduce the number of times you n... more

Avoid hidden treatment costs.

Managing a dairy business in this economy is tough. When margins are tight, the cost of a treatment can seem more important than how well it works. However, the true cost of the treatment can go well beyond the initial purchase price, especially if you are using it in an extra-label fashion. When de... more

New EXCENEL RTU EZ

EXCENEL ® RTU EZ ( ceftiofur hydrochloride ) Sterile Suspension, a new formulation of Zoetis’ popular fresh cow treatment, is now available. While EXCENEL RTU has been the most widely used treatment in its class, this new formulation was developed to further improve syringeability for pro... more

Training for protocol compliance.

Do you know how your employees are administering treatments to your cows? Are they following protocols? How do you know? Dairies are a place of perpetual motion. It can be difficult to find time for meetings to make sure everyone is staying on the same page with treatment protocols. To avoid this pr... more

Transition cow management.

The success of fresh cows can determine the success of your dairy. But why do some transition programs yield success while others do not? And how do you know? Now, with guidance from the Transition Cow Management Report (TCMR), your veterinarian can help you use data to evaluate the performance of y... more

Avoid residues with these resources.

Avoiding drug residue violations in meat and milk requires a team effort from you, your dairy employees and your veterinarian. As an industry, we’ve made great progress in reducing violations, but there is more work to be done. Zoetis has a variety of resources available to help you avoid resi... more

Vaccinate fresh cows against BRSV.

Respiratory disease challenges need just as much attention in your pre-fresh groups as they do in the calf barns. With suppressed immune systems, pre-fresh heifers and cows can easily fall victim to bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV) infections. This is especially true during the five weeks p... more

Monitor health records.

Each day, you and your employees work hard to keep your cows healthy and productive, to provide them with the best care when they are sick and to avoid mistakes that could lead to violative drug residues. Over time and without critical review, those best intentions could result in practices that mig... more

Working with your veterinarian

Cases involving violative drug residues in meat and milk continue to decline. But of those residues still occurring, a lack of veterinary oversight in health management is likely a contributing cause. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 70% of cases involving violative drug residues ... more

Take the proper steps to protect your dairy and restore the animal to full health.

Drug residues are caused by mistakes made at the farm level. You can take steps to make sure you don’t cause one. Reduce the chances of residue violation at your dairy by working with your manager and the herd’s veterinarian and following the approved treatment protocols. As someone who ... more

Easy steps to reduce reduce risk

Keep residues out of your milk tank with a few easy steps in the parlor. Jorge Noricumbo, quality milk specialist with Zoetis, provides step-by-step instructions for a milk quality and residue avoidance plan. For a well-rounded plan: Set written protocols Review product labels Keep good records ... more

6 Tips

We all have a responsibility to eliminate drug residues in milk and meat to ensure a safe, wholesome and healthy food supply. Having a drug residue prevention plan can help your dairy reduce the risk of having a violative drug residue. Consider these six tips on making drug residue avoidance a top p... more

Assess your risk

The United States has one of the safest food supplies in the world. Yet on-farm practices regarding drug use are leading to higher risks and occurrences of residues in meat and milk. To put it simply, drugs don’t cause residues; people cause residues . Fortunately, by working together with you... more

Reduction in positive tankers and dumped milk.

Good news: The dairy industry continues to reduce drug residue violations. Consider these facts: The rate of meat residue violations from market dairy cows has dramatically decreased. Veal calf carcass violations are down. The amount of milk dumped from residue-positive tankers has dropped for a fou... more

Metritis is a common fresh cow disease that can affect up to 30% of a dairy herd.1 Infected cows might develop a fever and look sick on the outside, but more serious effects are occurring on the inside.

The stink about metritis
November 11, 2014

Metritis is a common fresh cow disease that can affect up to 30% of a dairy herd. 1 It can have serious impacts on Dairy Wellness, including reduced fertility, lower milk production, a greater risk of culling, and increased labor and treatment costs. These can add up to more than $350 per cow for ea... more

Top 5 tips for keeping footbaths clean

If you look at your footbath right now, what are you likely to find? Is it a clean pool of active footbath solution or is it looking a little brown? One of the biggest challenges with footbaths is keeping them clean. In order to make the most of your footbath investment, follow these five tips for i... more

Steps to help actively manage footbaths and reduce the amount of copper that enters manure pits and soil

When producers wash out footbaths used in dairy barns and parlor alleyways, they are washing away more than wastewater. This wastewater contains copper from footbath solutions. And when copper-enriched dairy waste is applied to cropland, it can raise concerns about the impact on soil and plant absor... more

BMR helps cows hit peak milk

High peak milk production is one of the goals of early lactation. But feed intake usually can’t keep up with fresh cows’ energy needs, limiting milk output and potentially leading to excessive body weight loss during this critical time. One solution is to feed highly digestible forages t... more

Keep flies on the dairy under control this summer

Spring is a time for many wonderful things. It brings warm weather, flowers, the end of school, long weekends and thoughts of vacation. On the dairy, however, springtime also comes with at least one unwanted thing — flies. Flies aren’t just annoying to me and you; your cows don’t l... more

Take preventive hoof health measures

Heavy rain means mud and muck on dairies across the Midwest. Wet and muddy conditions create the perfect environment for hoof health issues.  Take preventive measures to help minimize hoof health challenges. Make dry hooves a priority. Trim hooves at least once per lactation. Keep pens and stal... more

Hospital pen moves can be risky

Let’s face it, no one likes to go to the hospital. Not even your cows. Although we think of a hospital as a place to get well, that’s not always the case for your cows. Moving cows to a hospital pen with a group of sick cows can pose serious risks. 1   Consider these risk factors an... more

Fight metritis right from the start

Calving puts stress on your cows. Sometimes, a stressed cow can lead to a sick cow. When a cow’s uterus is recovering from calving trauma, her body can be too weak to fight an invading infection. Bacteria begin to grow quickly, damaging the lining of the uterus and causing metritis. Dystocia, ... more

Reduce copper sulfate in footbaths

If you’re looking to reduce copper sulfate use in your footbaths, HOOF-TEC ™ footbath products , now from Zoetis, allow you to run more efficient footbaths by reducing copper sulfate use by up to 40%.* Better management of footbath pH levels will help you reduce the number of times you n... more

Avoid hidden treatment costs.

Managing a dairy business in this economy is tough. When margins are tight, the cost of a treatment can seem more important than how well it works. However, the true cost of the treatment can go well beyond the initial purchase price, especially if you are using it in an extra-label fashion. When de... more

New EXCENEL RTU EZ

EXCENEL ® RTU EZ ( ceftiofur hydrochloride ) Sterile Suspension, a new formulation of Zoetis’ popular fresh cow treatment, is now available. While EXCENEL RTU has been the most widely used treatment in its class, this new formulation was developed to further improve syringeability for pro... more

Transition cow management.

The success of fresh cows can determine the success of your dairy. But why do some transition programs yield success while others do not? And how do you know? Now, with guidance from the Transition Cow Management Report (TCMR), your veterinarian can help you use data to evaluate the performance of y... more

Vaccinate fresh cows against BRSV.

Respiratory disease challenges need just as much attention in your pre-fresh groups as they do in the calf barns. With suppressed immune systems, pre-fresh heifers and cows can easily fall victim to bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV) infections. This is especially true during the five weeks p... more

Working with your veterinarian

Cases involving violative drug residues in meat and milk continue to decline. But of those residues still occurring, a lack of veterinary oversight in health management is likely a contributing cause. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 70% of cases involving violative drug residues ... more

Excede_250ml_Bottle

In 2012, EXCEDE ® ( ceftiofur crystalline free acid ) Sterile Suspension was approved to treat postpartum metritis in just two doses, providing a more convenient and cost-effective option to other metritis treatments. This metritis approval adds to the list of approved uses for EXCEDE to treat ... more

Identify metritis

Metritis is a common uterine infection that can develop in the first 10 days after calving. Adding up to more than $350 per cow for each case, metritis can cause a decline in fertility, lower milk production, a greater risk of culling and increased labor and treatment costs. 1 Metritis can’t b... more

Think about the last time you were sick — sick enough to go to the doctor. Did you go home with a prescription for antibiotics? Did you read the instructions? They should have contained clear information for how much medicine to take, as well as when, how and for how many days. Did you follow ... more

Treating for metritis

Treat metritis with EXCEDE
September 23, 2013

Take quick action to get cows back to full health and peak production after your veterinarian has confirmed a metritis diagnosis. And quick action can come in only two shots and zero milk discard.  EXCEDE ® ( ceftiofur crystalline free acid ) Sterile Suspension is now approved to treat acu... more

Metritis is a common fresh cow disease that can affect up to 30% of a dairy herd.1 Infected cows might develop a fever and look sick on the outside, but more serious effects are occurring on the inside.

The stink about metritis
November 11, 2014

Metritis is a common fresh cow disease that can affect up to 30% of a dairy herd. 1 It can have serious impacts on Dairy Wellness, including reduced fertility, lower milk production, a greater risk of culling, and increased labor and treatment costs. These can add up to more than $350 per cow for ea... more

Screen for metritis symptoms now to avoid costly relapse and re-treatment later.

Metritis commonly follows calving complications such as dystocia, retained placenta, twins or stillbirths. It can range from a mild disease with a high rate of spontaneous cures to a severe, acute disease that can be life-threatening. Screen for metritis symptoms Screening fresh cows for metritis sy... more

Fight metritis right from the start

Calving puts stress on your cows. Sometimes, a stressed cow can lead to a sick cow. When a cow’s uterus is recovering from calving trauma, her body can be too weak to fight an invading infection. Bacteria begin to grow quickly, damaging the lining of the uterus and causing metritis. Dystocia, ... more

New EXCENEL RTU EZ

EXCENEL ® RTU EZ ( ceftiofur hydrochloride ) Sterile Suspension, a new formulation of Zoetis’ popular fresh cow treatment, is now available. While EXCENEL RTU has been the most widely used treatment in its class, this new formulation was developed to further improve syringeability for pro... more

Excede_250ml_Bottle

In 2012, EXCEDE ® ( ceftiofur crystalline free acid ) Sterile Suspension was approved to treat postpartum metritis in just two doses, providing a more convenient and cost-effective option to other metritis treatments. This metritis approval adds to the list of approved uses for EXCEDE to treat ... more

Identify metritis

Metritis is a common uterine infection that can develop in the first 10 days after calving. Adding up to more than $350 per cow for each case, metritis can cause a decline in fertility, lower milk production, a greater risk of culling and increased labor and treatment costs. 1 Metritis can’t b... more

Treating for metritis

Treat metritis with EXCEDE
September 23, 2013

Take quick action to get cows back to full health and peak production after your veterinarian has confirmed a metritis diagnosis. And quick action can come in only two shots and zero milk discard.  EXCEDE ® ( ceftiofur crystalline free acid ) Sterile Suspension is now approved to treat acu... more

New EXCENEL RTU EZ

EXCENEL ® RTU EZ ( ceftiofur hydrochloride ) Sterile Suspension, a new formulation of Zoetis’ popular fresh cow treatment, is now available. While EXCENEL RTU has been the most widely used treatment in its class, this new formulation was developed to further improve syringeability for pro... more

New EXCENEL RTU EZ

EXCENEL ® RTU EZ ( ceftiofur hydrochloride ) Sterile Suspension, a new formulation of Zoetis’ popular fresh cow treatment, is now available. While EXCENEL RTU has been the most widely used treatment in its class, this new formulation was developed to further improve syringeability for pro... more

Training for protocol compliance.

Do you know how your employees are administering treatments to your cows? Are they following protocols? How do you know? Dairies are a place of perpetual motion. It can be difficult to find time for meetings to make sure everyone is staying on the same page with treatment protocols. To avoid this pr... more

Avoid residues with these resources.

Avoiding drug residue violations in meat and milk requires a team effort from you, your dairy employees and your veterinarian. As an industry, we’ve made great progress in reducing violations, but there is more work to be done. Zoetis has a variety of resources available to help you avoid resi... more

Take the proper steps to protect your dairy and restore the animal to full health.

Drug residues are caused by mistakes made at the farm level. You can take steps to make sure you don’t cause one. Reduce the chances of residue violation at your dairy by working with your manager and the herd’s veterinarian and following the approved treatment protocols. As someone who ... more

Easy steps to reduce reduce risk

Keep residues out of your milk tank with a few easy steps in the parlor. Jorge Noricumbo, quality milk specialist with Zoetis, provides step-by-step instructions for a milk quality and residue avoidance plan. For a well-rounded plan: Set written protocols Review product labels Keep good records ... more

6 Tips

We all have a responsibility to eliminate drug residues in milk and meat to ensure a safe, wholesome and healthy food supply. Having a drug residue prevention plan can help your dairy reduce the risk of having a violative drug residue. Consider these six tips on making drug residue avoidance a top p... more

Reduction in positive tankers and dumped milk.

Good news: The dairy industry continues to reduce drug residue violations. Consider these facts: The rate of meat residue violations from market dairy cows has dramatically decreased. Veal calf carcass violations are down. The amount of milk dumped from residue-positive tankers has dropped for a fou... more

New residue testing procedures

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently implemented new sampling and analytic procedures for meat, poultry and eggs. 1 These new procedures and tests put an even greater focus on combating drug residues. Here’s what you need to know : FSIS increased the number of samples ta... more

Milkers have a key role in preventing a drug residue.

Milkers have a key role in preventing a drug residue. We know that nearly all violative residues are caused by accidents on the dairy. These mistakes can be costly in the form of fines, prosecution and a loss of a permit to ship milk.  As a milker, you are the first line of defense for avoiding... more

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Important Safety Information for EXCEDE: People with known hypersensitivity to penicillin or cephalosporins should avoid exposure to EXCEDE. EXCEDE is contraindicated in animals with known allergy to ceftiofur or to the ß-lactam group (penicillins and cephalosporins) of antimicrobials. Inadvertent intra-arterial injection is possible and fatal. Do not use in calves to be processed for veal. Pre-slaughter withdrawal time is 13 days following the last dose. Full Prescribing Information.

Important Safety Information for EXCENEL RTU EZ: People with known hypersensitivity to penicillin or cephalosporins should avoid exposure to EXCENEL RTU EZ. Do not use in animals found to be hypersensitive to the product. Do not slaughter cattle for 4 days following last treatment. Do not use in calves to be processed for veal. Full Prescribing Information.

Important Safety Information for NAXCEL: People with known hypersensitivity to penicillin or cephalosporins should avoid exposure to NAXCEL.  NAXCEL has a pre-slaughter withdrawal time of four days. Do not use in animals found to be hypersensitive to the product. Full Prescribing Information.  

Residue Free Guarantee: If you use a Zoetis-branded ceftiofur product according to label indications, and experience a violative ceftiofur residue in milk or meat, Zoetis will compensate you for the beef market value of the animal or purchase the tanker of milk at fair market value. You must purchase the product from a Zoetis-approved supplier, use the product according to label indications, have documentation of the product purchase and treatment records, and have conducted training on appropriate use to ensure proper dose and route of administration of the product. Extra-label use as prescribed by a veterinarian is excluded from the guarantee. If you experience a ceftiofur residue violation after following label indications and the above steps, contact Zoetis VMIPS (Veterinary Medical Information and Product Support) at 800-366-5288 to report the situation.

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