Dairy Management How-To: Proper Dosing
Dr. B.J. Jones of Center Hill Veterinary Clinic explains the importance of matching the antibiotic dose to weight here:
Dairy Management How-To: Pay Attention to Injection Sites
Even though dairy cows are raised for milk production, nearly all dairy animals end up in the beef supply chain at some point. That makes proper animal handling and drug administration important to avoid injection site lesions that can damage the carcass.
According to the 2016 National Beef Quality Audit, 15% of dairy carcasses were found to have lesions, while only 7% of beef carcasses were affected. Most of the lesions come from giving injections in the hind quarter where there’s higher value meat. Other injuries can occur as well, including damage to the sciatic nerve.
“We want to try and do all of our injections in the neck,” says B.J. Jones, a veterinarian with Center Hill Veterinary Clinic near Darlington, Wis. “There’s less trim in the neck and less valuable cuts of meat.”
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