However, the most important reason for reconsidering the use of blanket antimicrobial treatment may be the concern expressed by consumers. People are becoming concerned about the potential unintended consequences of widespread antimicrobial use. They are concerned that prophylactic antimicrobial use may lead to more antimicrobial resistance by pathogens, which is an important public and animal health concern. This, as well as practical considerations of treatment risk and cost, have led some producers to try selective dry cow treatment or even eliminating it the practice altogether.
To help guide producers in these decisions, researchers have been examining the consequences of selective dry cow treatment. Questions they are trying to answer include what are the results and what are the guidelines that will help producers to use selective dry cow therapy effectively. In Part 2 of this series, “Selective dry cow treatment research results”, we examine what some new research is showing.
Prevention of mastitis is an important job for everyone working with cows. Make it a priority and the answers to questions about treatment will become clearer.
Additional articles in this series:
- Selective dry cow treatment research results
- Increasing the likelihood of success without blanket dry cow treatment