Roundtable: 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.
In a roundtable from Progressive Dairyman, four dairy producers share how they are driving changes in milk quality by proactively managing mastitis during the dry period.
John Brower, owner/herd manager
Ed Brower Dairy, Inc., 1,300-cow dairy in Exeter, Calif.
Travis Offhaus, herdsman
Offhaus Farms, 1,000-cow dairy in Batavia, N.Y.
Matt Lamb, owner/manager
Lamb Farms, Oakfield, 5,500-cow dairy in Oakfield, N.Y.
Rey Aguilar, herdsman
Bar VP Dairy, 3,500-cow dairy in Pixley, Calif.
They answer the questions:
- What steps do you take at dry off to manage mastitis?
- What are the goals of your dry cow program? How do you measure success?
- Why is the dry cow period important to your dairy?
- What factors do you consider when choosing a dry cow tube?
- Why does your dairy use an internal teat sealant? What are the benefits of adding that step to your dry cow program?
- How does your dry cow program improve your dairy’s milk quality?
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: 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. See full Prescribing Information, here.
Refer to the ORBESEAL label for complete instructions on proper administration at dry off and removal at freshening.