Dry cow therapy is the topic of the 7th installment in the “Mastitis and Milk Management” Weekly Series presented by the Dairy eXtension.
Traditional dry cow therapy is the use of intramammary antibiotic therapy immediately after the last milking of lactation. Approved products applied by intramammary infusion at dry off can decrease the number of existing intramammary infections and/or prevent new infections during the early weeks of the dry period.
Use of dry cow treatment is one component of an effective mastitis control program that should also include: proper milking procedures using properly functioning milking equipment; dipping teats immediately after milking with a product known to be safe and effective; good udder hygiene between milkings; keeping accurate records of clinical mastitis and somatic cell counts on individual cows to assist in making management decisions; treating all clinical cases of mastitis promptly and appropriately; and culling cows with chronic mastitis.
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