Milk quality

Milk quality matters more than ever. Here you’ll find information on ways you can enhance milk quality, increase production and improve profitability.
Ask your veterinarian some basic questions to help ensure your dry cow program can effectively treat the mastitis-causing pathogens specific to your dairy.more
Cows respond well to consistency. So why not milk hospital cows using the same procedures as you use for your healthy lactating herd?more
With temperatures on the rise and the rain rolling in, you’ll need to adjust your milk quality program to make your farm the most profitable it can be. more
With milk quality as a primary focus, producers Kara Hale and Chad Martin know that a quick fix for mastitis might only be a temporary solution. more
Learn how Zoetis helps producers improve milk quality.more
Help keep your cows cool while minimizing mastitis risk during the summer months.more
Keeping your cows healthy is vital when striving to produce high-quality milk.more
See what is really going on in your parlor with a Q-MAX evaluation.more
If you’re looking for a long-term solution to an age-old problem, there’s no such thing as a quick fix. When it comes to achieving higher clinical and bacteriological cure rates, cutting corners isn’t an option.more
If you’re looking for a long-term solution to an age-old problem, there’s no such thing as a quick fix. When it comes to achieving higher clinical and bacteriological cure rates, cutting corners isn’t an option.more
Gram-negative mastitis isn’t always as it appears. Learn the programs and protocols you’ll need to identify and treat it effectively. more
Are you doing all you can to improve the health and wellness of your herd during the dry period?more
Producers from coast to coast take control of milk quality with dry cow care. Learn more about what is working for them.more

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Dry off is no time to waffle about treatment options and efficacy.

Dry off is no time to waffle about treatment options and efficacy. While your dry cows are resting, your dry cow program should be hard at work, clearing up any lingering subclinical infections, preventing bacterial invasion of the teat ends and helping boost immunity to help improve milk quality... more

Apply the same milk quality standards and processes with hospital cows as you do with your lactating herd.

It’s easy to overlook hospital cows and focus on the main herd. But according to Brandon Treichler, DVM, Valley Veterinary Clinic in Seymour, Wisconsin, what you do in the hospital pen and parlor makes a difference. In a 12-doctor dairy practice, Dr. Treichler’s role is primarily... more

Watch this video to keep your cool in the heat of mastitis

Adjusting to the weather on your farm isn’t always easy. It requires you to change your protocols to meet the needs of your cows so your dairy can be profitable. With hot temperatures , the rate of mastitis incidences increases. Warm and wet environments are ideal breeding grounds for ... more

Don’t settle for a quick mastitis fix

With milk quality as a primary focus on their dairies, producers Kara Hale and Chad Martin know that a quick fix for mastitis might only be a temporary solution.  Treating for a day or two until symptoms seem to subside and milk looks normal could lead to relapses and chronically infect... more

Milk quality performance put to the test

What does your milk quality say about your cows’ environment? The Q-MAX SM Maximum Milk Quality Plan evaluation is just one of the many ways Zoetis is helping producers improve milk quality.  Q-MAX is a multifaceted, on-farm milk quality evaluation. The evaluation helps qualified pro... more

Beat heat, humidity and mastitis outbreaks

Weather is one factor in your dairy’s milk quality program that can’t be controlled. Summer heat and humidity can take a toll on mastitis outbreaks and overall dairy wellness. David Kelbert, DVM, discusses challenges his clients face in northern Florida and offers advice for maintaining... more

Milk quality pays dividends.

Maintaining healthy udders during the dry period is a key focus at Optima Dairy in Friona, Texas. Koen Alley, dairy owner, says that concentrating on udder health during the dry period helps cows produce more, quality milk . Optima Dairy uses the dry period to treat subclinical mastitis and get the... more

The dry cow period is ripe for developing new mastitis infections.

The dry cow period provides ample opportunities for cows to develop new mastitis infections. Patterson Farms concentrates on ways to eliminate bacteria from entering the udder. Cleanliness is key. They work to minimize manure splash on the cows’ legs and udders by making sure the stalls are c... more

The power of three in dry cow care

Investing in proactive mastitis management at dry off can pay dividends by improving milk quality, herd health and production.  Research has shown that teats don’t always close completely during the dry period, causing new mastitis infections to nearly double. 1 That leaves cows vuln... more

Keeping your cows healthy is vital when striving to produce high-quality milk.

Milk quality is affected by wellness in many ways. Healthy, well-fed, comfortable and non-stressed cows will have a stronger immune system, allowing them to fight off more infection. Producers should be following the proper protocols before, during and after milking, and they also need a dry-off pr... more

See what is really going on in your parlor with a Q-MAX® evaluation.

We all understand milk is the primary source of income for dairy producers. We also know producing high-quality milk for dairy products is the most important job on any dairy.  But sometimes we neglect the very place this source of income is gathered from – the parlor. Effective parlo... more

Watch this month's Milk Quality Focus video to stay ahead of mastitis outbreaks by identifying the source infection.

Identify which mastitis-causing pathogens you’re dealing with through on-farm culturing and stay ahead of mastitis outbreaks. Get started with culturing by determining which cows entering your parlor or milk barn pose the most risk of having a mastitis infection. Those at most risk may includ... more

Protocol compliance helps ensure milk quality by preventing residue violations and protecting your dairy.

Protocol compliance is necessary for ensuring milk quality, preventing milk or meat residue violations and protecting your dairy’s bottom line. Assuring a safe and quality milk supply requires collaboration among on-farm teams. Dairies not only need protocols but also need to communicate them... more

When it comes to achieving higher clinical and bacteriological cure rates, cutting corners isn’t an option

If you’re looking for a long-term solution to an age-old problem, there’s no such thing as a quick fix. When it comes to achieving higher clinical and bacteriological cure rates,, cutting corners isn’t an option. To avoid retreating again and again, treatment decisions must be bas... more

Producers take pride in high-quality milk

To Kara Hale, producer at Midway Dairy, milk quality means taking pride in the product and always striving for higher standards. Chad Martin, another Martin Dairy producer, shares Hale’s view on producing quality milk, focusing on three main factors: Animal welfare Care and respect fo... more

Udder cleanliness key to udder health

Udder cleanliness becomes a critical step in maintaining udder health and preventing mastitis during the winter months. In the latest Milk Quality Focus video, Dan Funke, a Zoetis quality milk specialist, outlines specific steps during your milking routines that can help keep teats clean, healthy a... more

Mastitis treatment for a cure

If you’re looking for a long-term solution to an age-old problem, there’s no such thing as a quick fix. When it comes to achieving higher clinical and bacteriological cure rates,, cutting corners isn’t an option. To avoid retreating again and again, treatment decisions must be bas... more

Milking equipment is often overlooked as a critical component of milk quality.

Milking equipment is often overlooked as a critical component of milk quality. Poorly maintained equipment can damage cows’ teats and affect milk quality. Watch for these common malfunctions: Failure of pulsation — This is when the milking machine fails to massage the teat end corr... more

Gram-negative mastitis isn’t always as it appears. Learn the programs and protocols you’ll need to identify and treat it effectively.

Gram-negative mastitis used to be thought of just as Grade 3 mastitis. Today, however, that is not the case. Gram-negative mastitis also can be Grade 1 and Grade 2 as well. Symptoms of Gram-negative mastitis: Grade 1 – clots, flakes Grade 2 – clots, flakes, udder swelling Gra... more

Treat mastitis to help cure mastitis

Dairy producers should take several steps for the proper mastitis therapy protocol: Carefully examine the cow to determine whether mastitis is her only visible problem. Review the treatment history to find out whether this is a chronic case or a repeat offender. Culture milk samples as ofte... more

Preparing cows for the next lactation

In the latest Milk Quality Focus video, producers Mike Roth and Jason Anderson discuss opportunities for improving milk quality and overall Dairy Wellness in their dry cows. They reflect on how a complete dry cow program gives them the tools to help protect cows during dry off and help prepare cows... 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 mi... more

While your dry cows rest, focus on clearing up subclinical infections and preventing new ones to help improve milk quality. Steps for dry cow mastitis management include: Knowing your pathogen profile to help ensure you are using a mastitis tube labeled for treatment of the most common mast... more

Make the most of mastitis treatments

Culture for success
July 27, 2013

Veterinarians, such as Dr. Monty Belmer of Waupun Veterinary Service in Wisconsin, approach mastitis management based on cultures, records and efficacy. Dr. Belmer says he usually recommends an eight-day extended therapy protocol to successfully treat mastitis the first time — but only after ... more

Extended therapy

A lot goes into producing high-quality milk. With a quality end product as your goal, extended duration of therapy can be the best choice of treatment for mastitis.  The most successful protocols are scientifically based and developed with help from your veterinarian. Together, you can d... more

Gram negative mastitis chart

Myth: Antibiotic treatment is not effective against Gram negative mastitis. Reality: A study from Cornell University reveals mild and moderate cases of Gram negative mastitis are indeed treatable and might not cure without treatment. In the past, dairy producers have tended to believe t... 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 g... more

Avoid residues in the parlor

A residue avoidance plan takes into account products and people. This video shows how employees are essential in ensuring safe, quality food. In this video , experts discuss the importance of: Working with your veterinarian to establish treatment protocols Choosing the right products... 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 ... 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 av... more

Seal out mastitis

It’s easy to forget about cows at dry off. But, don’t think you can take a break from mastitis management.  Use the next 60 days to keep dry cows healthy and prepare them for the next lactation. The dry period is the time to clear up any existing mastitis infections and block ... more

Learn about the benefits of extended therapy to avoid re-treating.

Mastitis is a common and expensive disease. It can add up to nearly $200 per clinical case due to decreased milk production, lower milk quality premiums, treatment expenses, and increased culling and death. 1 The cost and inconvenience of mastitis is further magnified if a treated cow relapses wit... more

Producers weigh in on dry cow care

As demand rises for higher-quality milk, dairy producers must find ways to decrease somatic cell counts (SCC) and increase production. Many dairy producers are turning their attention to the dry cow period and use comprehensive dry cow programs to prepare cows for success in the next lactation. ... more

You do all you can to improve the wellness of your herd and the profitability of your dairy operation. But are you doing right by your dry cows? Milk quality and greater returns begin on the last day of lactation. And a really good dry cow program includes three steps: Treat — Begin dr... more

Dry cow management

Dry cow must haves
August 17, 2013

Dry cow mastitis management is an investment in milk quality and successful future lactations. Nathan Moroney, dairy manager at Del Rio Dairy in Friona, Texas, found that his must-have components for dry cow mastitis management include: Dry tube treatment with SPECTRAMAST ® DC (ceftiof... more

Dry off is no time to waffle about treatment options and efficacy.

Dry off is no time to waffle about treatment options and efficacy. While your dry cows are resting, your dry cow program should be hard at work, clearing up any lingering subclinical infections, preventing bacterial invasion of the teat ends and helping boost immunity to help improve milk quality... more

Watch this video to keep your cool in the heat of mastitis

Adjusting to the weather on your farm isn’t always easy. It requires you to change your protocols to meet the needs of your cows so your dairy can be profitable. With hot temperatures , the rate of mastitis incidences increases. Warm and wet environments are ideal breeding grounds for ... more

Beat heat, humidity and mastitis outbreaks

Weather is one factor in your dairy’s milk quality program that can’t be controlled. Summer heat and humidity can take a toll on mastitis outbreaks and overall dairy wellness. David Kelbert, DVM, discusses challenges his clients face in northern Florida and offers advice for maintaining... more

Milk quality pays dividends.

Maintaining healthy udders during the dry period is a key focus at Optima Dairy in Friona, Texas. Koen Alley, dairy owner, says that concentrating on udder health during the dry period helps cows produce more, quality milk . Optima Dairy uses the dry period to treat subclinical mastitis and get the... more

The dry cow period is ripe for developing new mastitis infections.

The dry cow period provides ample opportunities for cows to develop new mastitis infections. Patterson Farms concentrates on ways to eliminate bacteria from entering the udder. Cleanliness is key. They work to minimize manure splash on the cows’ legs and udders by making sure the stalls are c... more

The power of three in dry cow care

Investing in proactive mastitis management at dry off can pay dividends by improving milk quality, herd health and production.  Research has shown that teats don’t always close completely during the dry period, causing new mastitis infections to nearly double. 1 That leaves cows vuln... more

Preparing cows for the next lactation

In the latest Milk Quality Focus video, producers Mike Roth and Jason Anderson discuss opportunities for improving milk quality and overall Dairy Wellness in their dry cows. They reflect on how a complete dry cow program gives them the tools to help protect cows during dry off and help prepare cows... more

While your dry cows rest, focus on clearing up subclinical infections and preventing new ones to help improve milk quality. Steps for dry cow mastitis management include: Knowing your pathogen profile to help ensure you are using a mastitis tube labeled for treatment of the most common mast... more

Seal out mastitis

It’s easy to forget about cows at dry off. But, don’t think you can take a break from mastitis management.  Use the next 60 days to keep dry cows healthy and prepare them for the next lactation. The dry period is the time to clear up any existing mastitis infections and block ... more

Producers weigh in on dry cow care

As demand rises for higher-quality milk, dairy producers must find ways to decrease somatic cell counts (SCC) and increase production. Many dairy producers are turning their attention to the dry cow period and use comprehensive dry cow programs to prepare cows for success in the next lactation. ... more

You do all you can to improve the wellness of your herd and the profitability of your dairy operation. But are you doing right by your dry cows? Milk quality and greater returns begin on the last day of lactation. And a really good dry cow program includes three steps: Treat — Begin dr... more

Dry cow management

Dry cow must haves
August 17, 2013

Dry cow mastitis management is an investment in milk quality and successful future lactations. Nathan Moroney, dairy manager at Del Rio Dairy in Friona, Texas, found that his must-have components for dry cow mastitis management include: Dry tube treatment with SPECTRAMAST ® DC (ceftiof... more

Mastitis treatment for a cure

If you’re looking for a long-term solution to an age-old problem, there’s no such thing as a quick fix. When it comes to achieving higher clinical and bacteriological cure rates,, cutting corners isn’t an option. To avoid retreating again and again, treatment decisions must be bas... more

Treat mastitis to help cure mastitis

Dairy producers should take several steps for the proper mastitis therapy protocol: Carefully examine the cow to determine whether mastitis is her only visible problem. Review the treatment history to find out whether this is a chronic case or a repeat offender. Culture milk samples as ofte... more

Extended therapy

A lot goes into producing high-quality milk. With a quality end product as your goal, extended duration of therapy can be the best choice of treatment for mastitis.  The most successful protocols are scientifically based and developed with help from your veterinarian. Together, you can d... more

Gram negative mastitis chart

Myth: Antibiotic treatment is not effective against Gram negative mastitis. Reality: A study from Cornell University reveals mild and moderate cases of Gram negative mastitis are indeed treatable and might not cure without treatment. In the past, dairy producers have tended to believe t... more

Learn about the benefits of extended therapy to avoid re-treating.

Mastitis is a common and expensive disease. It can add up to nearly $200 per clinical case due to decreased milk production, lower milk quality premiums, treatment expenses, and increased culling and death. 1 The cost and inconvenience of mastitis is further magnified if a treated cow relapses wit... more

Milk quality performance put to the test

What does your milk quality say about your cows’ environment? The Q-MAX SM Maximum Milk Quality Plan evaluation is just one of the many ways Zoetis is helping producers improve milk quality.  Q-MAX is a multifaceted, on-farm milk quality evaluation. The evaluation helps qualified pro... more

Keeping your cows healthy is vital when striving to produce high-quality milk.

Milk quality is affected by wellness in many ways. Healthy, well-fed, comfortable and non-stressed cows will have a stronger immune system, allowing them to fight off more infection. Producers should be following the proper protocols before, during and after milking, and they also need a dry-off pr... more

See what is really going on in your parlor with a Q-MAX® evaluation.

We all understand milk is the primary source of income for dairy producers. We also know producing high-quality milk for dairy products is the most important job on any dairy.  But sometimes we neglect the very place this source of income is gathered from – the parlor. Effective parlo... more

Protocol compliance helps ensure milk quality by preventing residue violations and protecting your dairy.

Protocol compliance is necessary for ensuring milk quality, preventing milk or meat residue violations and protecting your dairy’s bottom line. Assuring a safe and quality milk supply requires collaboration among on-farm teams. Dairies not only need protocols but also need to communicate them... more

When it comes to achieving higher clinical and bacteriological cure rates, cutting corners isn’t an option

If you’re looking for a long-term solution to an age-old problem, there’s no such thing as a quick fix. When it comes to achieving higher clinical and bacteriological cure rates,, cutting corners isn’t an option. To avoid retreating again and again, treatment decisions must be bas... more

Producers take pride in high-quality milk

To Kara Hale, producer at Midway Dairy, milk quality means taking pride in the product and always striving for higher standards. Chad Martin, another Martin Dairy producer, shares Hale’s view on producing quality milk, focusing on three main factors: Animal welfare Care and respect fo... more

Milking equipment is often overlooked as a critical component of milk quality.

Milking equipment is often overlooked as a critical component of milk quality. Poorly maintained equipment can damage cows’ teats and affect milk quality. Watch for these common malfunctions: Failure of pulsation — This is when the milking machine fails to massage the teat end corr... 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 mi... 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 ... 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 av... more

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Important Safety Information for SPECTRAMAST LC: People with known hypersensitivity to penicillin or cephalosporins should avoid exposure to SPECTRAMAST LC. Product requires a 72-hour milk discard period and a 2 day pre-slaughter withdrawal period following the last treatment. Use of this product in a manner other than indicated on the label, or failure to adhere to proper milk discard period, will result in violative residues. Full Prescribing Information.

Important Safety Information for SPECTRAMAST DC: People with known hypersensitivity to penicillin or cephalosporins should avoid exposure to SPECTRAMAST DC. Product requires a 30-day dry cow period, and has a 16-day pre-slaughter withdrawal period following last treatment. Use of this product in a manner other than indicated on the label, or failure to adhere to the proper milk discard period, will result in violative residues. Full Prescribing Information.

Important Safety Information for PIRSUE: PIRSUE has a nine-day pre-slaughter withdrawal period and an extended therapy withdrawal period of 21 days following last treatment. Discard milk during treatment and for 36 hours after last treatment regardless of treatment duration. Repeated infusion during extended duration therapy regimens can result in elevated somatic cell counts and clinical mastitis, which can result in animal death. If acute clinical mastitis or other clinical signs of illness develop, discontinue therapy immediately and contact your veterinarian. Full Prescribing Information.

Important Safety Information for ALBADRY PLUS: Do not use ALBADRY PLUS 30 days prior to calving. Milk from treated cows must not be used for food during the first 72 hours after calving. Treated animals must not be slaughtered for food for 30 days following udder infusion. Full Prescribing Information.

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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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