Teat disinfection facts

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Disinfecting teats immediately after milking kills most of the mastitis-causing pathogens on teat ends. This, in turn, reduces the chance of those pathogens getting into the udder.

Post-milking teat disinfection is especially effective against the contagious pathogens Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus agalactiae. While milking can spread any type of mastitis pathogen, these two pathogens in particular spread from cow to cow during the milking process.

The latest installment in the Dairy eXtension Mastitis and Milk Management Weekly Series focuses on teat disinfection. Topics covered in the installment include:

  • How to apply teat disinfectants.
  • Proper handling of teat disinfectants.
  • What products to use.
  • How teat disinfectants are tested.
  • Teat disinfecting in cold weather.


Source: UW Milk Quality

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