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Rest and next lactation

February 09, 2017
POSTED BY: Mark Kirkpatrick | DVM, MS | Managing Veterinarian | Dairy Technical Services | Zoetis

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:

  1. Knowing your pathogen profile to ensure you are using a mastitis tube labeled for treatment of the most common mastitis pathogens on your dairy operation. Work with your veterinarian to establish a culturing program and analyze culture data to determine the appropriate mastitis treatments for your herd.
  2. Eliminating subclinical infections by administering an intramammary tube at dry off, such as SPECTRAMAST® DC (ceftiofur hydrochloride) Sterile Suspension. Consult your veterinarian to identify a treatment capable of attacking the mastitis-causing pathogens on your dairy operation, which may include Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus dysgalactiae and Strep. uberis.
  3. Using an internal teat sealant, such as ORBESEAL®, to help prevent mastitis pathogens from entering the teat canal during the dry period.
  4. Minimizing your risk over the long haul by vaccinating against Escherichia coli (E. coli) mastitis with ENVIRACOR® J-5 to help limit severity of coliform infections. When selecting the best vaccine for your operation, review product labels, administration information, available research and efficacy data.
  5. Monitoring somatic cell count prior to dry off and when the cow re-enters lactation to track success of your dry cow program.
  6. Establishing a strategic genetic plan, with the help of genomic testing with CLARIFIDE® Plus, that can help reduce the risk of mastitis long term.

To help ensure your cows are productive in their lactation, work with your Zoetis representative and veterinarian to establish best practices for a dry cow program on your dairy. 

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.

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

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