The protocols are available from NMC on request. Dairy producers should educate themselves about the products that they are considering. They should inquire as to the types of studies that have been conducted, the pathogens that the product is designed to control, and the efficacy results.
What about teat disinfecting in cold weather?
During periods of extreme cold or when wind chill is significant, special precautions should be taken to avoid chapped and frozen teats. Cold weather recommendations include:
- Teats should be dry before turning cows out into cold weather.
- When teats are disinfected after milking, allow 30 seconds contact time, and blot off any excess disinfectant with a single-service towel.
- Warm teat disinfectants in cold conditions to reduce drying time.
- Provide windbreaks in outside areas for cows.
- Monitor fresh cows with swollen udders and teats since they are more susceptible to chapped and frozen teats.
- More than 50% of new udder infections can be prevented with proper teat disinfection.
- Apply teat disinfectant immediately after milking.
- Ensure that disinfectant thoroughly covers the entire surface of all teats.
- Handle teat disinfectants properly.
- Demand information and educate yourself about the teat disinfectant that you plan to use.
Teat disinfecting is an important part of a mastitis control plan. In addition to disinfecting teats immediately after milking, using good milking and environmental management procedures, using properly functioning milking equipment, treating every quarter of every cow at dry off, identifying and treating or managing clinical cases promptly, and culling chronically infected cows should provide an effective mastitis control plan for your dairy.
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