Preventing human error is the key to eliminating antibiotic residues, says Gary Gillette, veterinarian formerly with Pfizer Animal Health.
Nine years of research at a milk-safety assay lab reveal that most residue incidents result from one of these four common mistakes. Take steps to prevent them from happening on your dairy.
Milk from treated cows is not properly withheld. A paint mark or ankle band came off, or employees didn’t communicate clearly about how long to discard the milk.
Dry cows milked by accident. A recently treated dry cow may have ended up in the milking herd by mistake.
Failure to operate milking equipment properly. If the same milking units are used for both treated and untreated cows, they need to be cleaned and sanitized between uses.
Extra-label antibiotic use. Always use antibiotics according to the recommended dose, duration and route of administration.