Milk quality

Milk quality matters more than ever. Here you’ll find information on ways you can enhance milk quality, increase production and improve profitability.
Can you afford $285 in lost milk yield per cow? Treating subclinical mastitis infections with a broad-spectrum mastitis therapy early in lactation can help minimize production losses from clinical mastitis. more
With rising temps across the country and warm, wet weather in the Midwest, dairying can be tough in the face of heat stress, mud and muck. To help, we’ve compiled our top 5 warm weather posts.more
Study of 164,000 cows quantifies high costs associated with untreated subclinical mastitis.more
Finances are tight. Is your dry treatment program paying off?more

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Somatic cell count – it’s more than a number

I recently examined lactation records of more than 164,000 Holstein cows on 22 diaries. I was looking for the presence of high first-test somatic cell count (SCC) or a recorded clinical mastitis case in the first 60 days in lactation. In the study, cows with an SCC greater than 200,000 cells/mL at t... more

Rising temps across the country can mean less-than-ideal conditions for animal health management. Keep your cool with these warm weather tips.

Beat summer heat on the dairy with these tips: 1. Keep your cool in the heat of mastitis 2. Don’t let hot weather hurt your repro 3. Planning helps prevent salmonella 4. Cool is the rule for vaccine handling 5. Taking heat from employees? Stop putting out the same fires

Treat subclinical mastitis

Zoetis has a new, Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved label claim for SPECTRAMAST ® LC ( ceftiofur hydrochloride ) Sterile Suspension for treatment of diagnosed subclinical mastitis infections. Already approved for the treatment of clinical mastitis infections caused by a broad spectrum... more

Share your dairy story

How often do you share your story? In today’s media there seems to be plenty of misinformation which finds its way into the hands of consumers. We know you provide high-quality care for your animals because it’s good for your herd and your business. But do consumers know that? Consumers ... more

Is your dry cow treatment paying off?

How well is your dry treatment setting up each cow for success in her next lactation? Consider these three easy measurements. Does it target a broad range of today’s toughest pathogens? Your dairy has its own unique pathogen profile and is likely populated by an array of bugs. Environmental pa... more

Demystifying mastitis treatment

Achieving a clinical cure is half the battle of mastitis. Producers and veterinarians need flexible, effective treatment options, which not only knock out physical mastitis symptoms but dig deeper to help eliminate mastitis-causing bacteria. Lately, there has been some industry noise creating confus... more

Motivate your people to increase or improve milk quality

How do you normally respond to a milk quality challenge on your dairy? By retraining milkers? Changing teat dip or mastitis treatment? Changing procedures? These might be temporary fixes, but they often aren’t a solution to the problem. Real, lasting change comes from an engaged workforce moti... more

Eyeballing health treatment? Take a second look.

How often do you or your dairy employees stop treatment because a cow looks better? If your herd manager or person responsible for administering treatment doesn’t show up to work, do your health records provide enough information for someone to pick up where they left off? Following treatment ... more

Heifers are a target for mastitis

Heifer mastitis probably isn’t on your list of priorities. Since heifers haven’t produced milk before their first lactation, you might not think mastitis is a concern. However, according to new research 1 , coagulase-negative staphylococcus (CNS) mastitis is a common culprit for mastitis... more

Tips for improving your dry cow program

Dry cows. No longer the forgotten child, but is your dry cow program where it should be? Check out the top 5 dry cow articles below for tips on keeping your dry cows protected and ready for success in the next lactation. Cut the confusion on dry cow treatment Dry cow basics help prevent mastitis Sea... more

The big deal about the industry’s only internal teat sealant

ORBESEAL ® teat sealant provides a defensive barrier to help protect cows from new mastitis infections throughout the dry period. Although infusion with a long-acting antibiotic has been demonstrated to be successful at curing subclinical infections and preventing new infections during the dry ... more

Image alt text: Make sure the milk quality and production of your cows are not being sacrificed by the milking process itself.

Proper evaluation and maintenance of milking equipment plays a significant role in helping producers to ensure milk quality. Check out the latest Milk Quality Focus video where David Reid, DVM of Rocky Ridge Dairy Consulting, explores various factors impacting milking equipment function. Even the mo... more

Dry off is no time to waffle about treatment options and efficacy.

Dry off is no time to waffle about treatment options and efficacy. While your dry cows are resting, your dry cow program should be hard at work, clearing up any lingering subclinical infections, preventing bacterial invasion of the teat ends and helping boost immunity to help improve milk quality fo... more

Apply the same milk quality standards and processes with hospital cows as you do with your lactating herd.

It’s easy to overlook hospital cows and focus on the main herd. But according to Brandon Treichler, DVM, Valley Veterinary Clinic in Seymour, Wisconsin, what you do in the hospital pen and parlor makes a difference. In a 12-doctor dairy practice, Dr. Treichler’s role is primarily focused... more

Watch this video to keep your cool in the heat of mastitis

Adjusting to the weather on your farm isn’t always easy. It requires you to change your protocols to meet the needs of your cows so your dairy can be profitable. With hot temperatures , the rate of mastitis incidences increases. Warm and wet environments are ideal breeding grounds for bacteria... more

Don’t settle for a quick mastitis fix

With milk quality as a primary focus on their dairies, producers Kara Hale and Chad Martin know that a quick fix for mastitis might only be a temporary solution.  Treating for a day or two until symptoms seem to subside and milk looks normal could lead to relapses and chronically infected cows ... more

Milk quality performance put to the test

What does your milk quality say about your cows’ environment? The Q-MAX SM Maximum Milk Quality Plan evaluation is just one of the many ways Zoetis is helping producers improve milk quality.  Q-MAX is a multifaceted, on-farm milk quality evaluation. The evaluation helps qualified producer... more

Beat heat, humidity and mastitis outbreaks

Weather is one factor in your dairy’s milk quality program that can’t be controlled. Summer heat and humidity can take a toll on mastitis outbreaks and overall dairy wellness. David Kelbert, DVM, discusses challenges his clients face in northern Florida and offers advice for maintaining ... more

Milk quality pays dividends.

Maintaining healthy udders during the dry period is a key focus at Optima Dairy in Friona, Texas. Koen Ally, dairy owner, says that concentrating on udder health during the dry period helps cows produce more, quality milk . Optima Dairy uses the dry period to treat subclinical mastitis and get the u... more

The dry cow period is ripe for developing new mastitis infections.

The dry cow period provides ample opportunities for cows to develop new mastitis infections. Patterson Farms concentrates on ways to eliminate bacteria from entering the udder. Cleanliness is key. They work to minimize manure splash on the cows’ legs and udders by making sure the stalls are cl... more

The power of three in dry cow care

Investing in proactive mastitis management at dry off can pay dividends by improving milk quality, herd health and production.  Research has shown that teats don’t always close completely during the dry period, causing new mastitis infections to nearly double. 1 That leaves cows vulnerabl... more

Keeping your cows healthy is vital when striving to produce high-quality milk.

Milk quality is affected by wellness in many ways. Healthy, well-fed, comfortable and non-stressed cows will have a stronger immune system, allowing them to fight off more infection. Producers should be following the proper protocols before, during and after milking, and they also need a dry-off pro... more

See what is really going on in your parlor with a Q-MAX® evaluation.

We all understand milk is the primary source of income for dairy producers. We also know producing high-quality milk for dairy products is the most important job on any dairy.  But sometimes we neglect the very place this source of income is gathered from – the parlor. Effective parlor ma... more

Watch this month's Milk Quality Focus video to stay ahead of mastitis outbreaks by identifying the source infection.

Identify which mastitis-causing pathogens you’re dealing with through on-farm culturing and stay ahead of mastitis outbreaks. Get started with culturing by determining which cows entering your parlor or milk barn pose the most risk of having a mastitis infection. Those at most risk may include... more

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Important Safety Information for SPECTRAMAST LC: People with known hypersensitivity to penicillin or cephalosporins should avoid exposure to SPECTRAMAST LC. Product requires a 72-hour milk discard period and a 2 day pre-slaughter withdrawal period following the last treatment. Use of this product in a manner other than indicated on the label, or failure to adhere to proper milk discard period, will result in violative residues. Full Prescribing Information.

Important Safety Information for SPECTRAMAST DC: 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. Full Prescribing Information.

Important Safety Information for PIRSUE: PIRSUE has a nine-day pre-slaughter withdrawal period and an extended therapy withdrawal period of 21 days following last treatment. Discard milk during treatment and for 36 hours after last treatment regardless of treatment duration. Repeated infusion during extended duration therapy regimens can result in elevated somatic cell counts and clinical mastitis, which can result in animal death. If acute clinical mastitis or other clinical signs of illness develop, discontinue therapy immediately and contact your veterinarian. Full Prescribing Information.

Important Safety Information for ALBADRY PLUS: 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. Full Prescribing Information.

Label Indications for ORBESEAL: Refer to the ORBESEAL label for complete instructions on proper administration at dry off and removal at freshening.

Residue Free Guarantee: If you use a Zoetis-branded ceftiofur product according to label indications, and experience a violative ceftiofur residue in milk or meat, Zoetis will compensate you for the beef market value of the animal or purchase the tanker of milk at fair market value. You must purchase the product from a Zoetis-approved supplier, use the product according to label indications, have documentation of the product purchase and treatment records, and have conducted training on appropriate use to ensure proper dose and route of administration of the product. Extra-label use as prescribed by a veterinarian is excluded from the guarantee. If you experience a ceftiofur residue violation after following label indications and the above steps, contact Zoetis VMIPS (Veterinary Medical Information and Product Support) at 800-366-5288 to report the situation.


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