Your teat dip may need an adjustment based on the season or type of bedding that you use.

Is your teat dip meeting your herd’s needs?For example, a dip with a higher iodine percentage or a dip that provides barrier protection is warranted during wet, spring weather. In contrast, a teat dip with a higher percentage of skin conditioners is often required during winter.

The type of bedding you use can also impact your post teat dip decision, says Rick Watters, milk quality and udder health specialist with GEA Farm Technologies. Quick-drying dips may be the best option to prevent bedding, such as digested solids or other alternative bedding materials, from sticking to teats.

Other factors to consider are:

• What does your herd’s current teatend/teat skin condition look like?

• What pathogens are affecting your clinical mastitis rate?

• How is your dip applied...by dip cups, spray wand or foamer? The application method may affect the dip choice for your herd.