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Dry cow must haves

August 17, 2013
POSTED BY: Bernie Kwaku | Quality Milk Specialist | Zoetis

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 (ceftiofur hydrochloride) Sterile Suspension to help treat subclinical mastitis infections
  • ORBESEAL® internal teat sealant to help prevent mastitis pathogens from entering the teat canal during the dry period
  • ENVIRACOR J-5 to help limit the severity of coliform mastitis infections
  • Right dry off time frame for treatment
  • Proper milk out before dry off
  • Plenty of resting space and feed bunk space to accommodate all cows at the same time
  • Proper grouping to monitor close-up pens

The dry period is not the time to skimp on details. Focus on eliminating existing mastitis infections and preventing future ones. In the long run, it will help lower somatic cell count, help reduce fresh cow mastitis, minimize treatment costs and deliver better milk quality.

Important Safety Information: Inappropriate dosage or treatment intervals with SPECTRAMAST DC and/or failure to complete a minimum dry cow period (30 days) may result in violative milk residues. In cows completing a 30-day dry cow period, no milk discard is necessary. Following treatment with SPECTRAMAST DC, a 16-day pre-slaughter withdrawal is required. SPECTRAMAST DC should not be used in animals found to be hypersensitive to the product.

Prescribing information for SPECTRAMAST DC

Refer to ORBESEAL label for complete instructions of administration at dry off and removal at freshening.

 

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