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Avoid rejections with proper injections

June 10, 2015
POSTED BY: Richard Wallace | DVM, MS | Managing Veterinarian | Dairy Technical Services | Zoetis

You focus day in and day out on producing quality milk at a high production rate. But selling beef market cows also can be a significant source of income, especially when beef prices are high. So why aren’t dairy producers everywhere updating their titles to quality dairy and beef producer? Consider implementing simple quality standards in your protocols when it comes to dairy market cows.

To help avoid residues, it’s important to build treatment protocols based on approved label indications and routes of administration. Effective protocols should be easy to understand and include steps for proper disease identification, correct treatments and how to give the medicine — the route of administration.

Proper administration of medicines is critical to a successful treatment and helping prevent violative drug residues in milk and meat. Following approved administration techniques and dosages not only protects your cows but also your bottom line and your reputation.

Remind those providing treatments to keep these factors top of mind:

  • If you provide too little medicine, it decreases the chances of a complete cure; if you provide too much medicine, it can change the withholding times.
  • Injection sites matter. You can unknowingly extend the milk withholding or pre-slaughter withdrawal times by not following the route of administration as labeled. Many products use these three main routes of administration:
    • Intramuscular (IM): Injecting into the muscle
    • Subcutaneous (SC): Injecting under the skin
    • Base of ear (BOE): SC injection at the base of the ear
  • Maximum injection is important. Some products have a maximum dose per injection site. Failure to adhere to the approved dose can extend the milk withholding or pre-slaughter withdrawal times.
  • Train and retrain. Make sure your employees understand protocols and why they need to follow protocols correctly.

Always work with your veterinarian to establish complete treatment protocols. For more information and resources on properly treating your cows, visit AvoidResidues.com.

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