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The profit potential of dry cow protection

May 01, 2019
POSTED BY: Juan Rodrigo Pedraza | DVM | Managing Veterinarian | Zoetis

No teat sealant on the market has more research backing its use to reduce the incidence of mastitis than ORBESEAL®. Among the advantages producers stand to gain when using ORBESEAL, perhaps the most significant is its demonstrated effectiveness toward increasing profits by approximately $21 per cow when used in conjunction with SPECTRAMAST® DC (ceftiofur hydrochloride) Sterile Suspension.1-4 No other teat sealant available today is backed by similar research.

 

Achieving success starts with a comprehensive therapy program to protect the “off-duty” milkers in a herd. Here are three steps to take that can make a difference:

  1. Create a pathogen map. Work with your veterinarian to identify which mastitis-causing pathogens exist and to create a pathogen map for your dairy. This map can be used to determine the best course of prevention and therapy. This is just one step in learning what subclinical mastitis infections might be doing to early lactation udder health.
  2. Take advantage of the power of three for dry cow treatment — SPECTRAMAST DC or ALBADRY PLUS® SUSPENSION (penicillin and novobiocin sodium), ORBESEAL and the E. coli mastitis vaccine ENVIRACOR® J-5. These products can help prevent mastitis infections: SPECTRAMAST DC and ALBADRY PLUS help clear up existing subclinical mastitis infections, and ORBESEAL can be used to mimic the keratin plug in closing teat canals to block new pathogens from entering. Using SPECTRAMAST DC and ORBESEAL together can save approximately $21 per cow even after accounting for the cost of treatment.1-4 And even more benefit can be gained by adding ENVIRACOR® J-5 to a dry off routine — approximately $57 in income per cow lactation.5
  3. Reduce the risk of residues. The potential economic threat of residues in meat or milk is enough to keep producers awake at night. Reduce this risk and maximize your management options by using a dry cow mastitis treatment with the shortest meat withdrawal (just 16 days*) and zero milk discard from cows completing a 30 day dry cow period**. SPECTRAMAST DC effectively clears up subclinical mastitis infections while reducing risk with these safety numbers.

 

Brand

SPECTRAMAST® DC (ceftiofur hydrochloride) Sterile Suspension

ALBADRY PLUS® SUSPENSION (penicillin and novobiocin sodium)

QUARTERMASTER® (penicillin-dihydrostreptomycin) Suspension

ToMORROW® (cephapirin benzathine)

Orbenin® DC

(benzathine cloxacillin)

DryClox®

(cloxacillin benzathine)

Labeled pathogens

Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus dysgalactiae Streptococcus uberis

Strep ag, Staph aureus

S. aureus

S. aureus

S. agalactiae

S. aureus

S. agalactiae

 S. aureus

Streptococcus agalactiae

Pre-slaughter withdrawal*

16 days

30 days

60 days

42 days

28 days

30 days

MILK DISCARD**

0 hours

72 hours

96 hours

72 hours

0 hours

0 hours

DRY PERIOD LENGTH

30 days

30 days

42 days

30 days

28 days

30 days

YEAR INTRODUCED

2005

1983

1974

1978

1975

1975

 

*After last administration (or treatment).

**Milk discard times begin at first milking post-freshening and require completion of a minimum dry cow period. Colostrum is not considered milk and must not be included with bulk tank milk to be sold.

 

Service beyond the bottle

Zoetis backs ORBESEAL and all its products with exclusive field support to help producers ensure animal health, productivity and profitability. This dedicated team works with dairies on training, implementation and evaluation to help improve outcomes. The experts on this Zoetis team include quality milk specialists, dairy production specialists and experienced technical services veterinarians.

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.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: 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.

References:

1 Data on file, Study Report No. 11PETSDC01, Zoetis Inc.
2
 Data on file, Study Report No. 11PETSDC03, Zoetis Inc.
3 Data on file, Study Report No. 11PETSDC04, Zoetis Inc.
4 Data on file, Study Report No. 11PETSDC02, Zoetis Inc.

5DeGraves FJ, Fetrow J. Partial budget analysis of vaccinating dairy cattle against coliform mastitis with an Escherichia coli J5 vaccine. J Am Vet Med Assoc., 1991;199(4):451-455.

All trademarks are the property of Zoetis Services LLC or a related company or a licensor unless otherwise noted. Dry-Clox and ToMORROW are registered trademarks of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. QUARTERMASTER is a registered trademark of West Agro Inc. Orbenin is a registered trademark of GlaxoSmithKline LLC.

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