Teat dips can provide the ultimate protection from intramammary infections between milkings and can effectively kill pathogens during the pre-milking process. But, are you using the right teat dip to meet your herd’s needs or the changing environment?
Your teat dip may need an adjustment based on the season, says Dr. Rick Watters, milk quality and udder health specialist with GEA Farm Technologies. For example, a dip with a higher iodine percentage or a dip that provides barrier protection is warranted during wet, spring weather. Winter weather oftentimes requires a teat dip with a higher percentage of skin conditioners.
The type of bedding you use can also impact your post teat dip decision. 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 teat-end/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.
Source: GEA Farm Technologies