Category Archives: Dry Cow Solutions

Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD)?

What is the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD)? The FDA recently released updated guidelines that will go into effect in spring 2017. The FDA asked all drug companies to voluntarily remove the growth promotion labels from their antibiotic products. All of … Continue reading

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Issue of the Week (June 3-8): Dry Cow Treatments & Bulk Culture Results

Dry Cow Treatments & Bulk Culture Results  What’s the issue? Many producers do not utilize their bulk tank culture results to their fullest potential when selecting a dry cow treatment. Not all dry cow treatments treat the same bacteria, so … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Mastitis

“Mastitis is really a simple disease,” Dr. Pamela Ruegg stated during her breakout session at PDPW’s Annual Business Conference. “Mastitis is simply a bacterial infection of the udder. It should be really easy to control; all you have to do … Continue reading

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Q. I’ve been hearing a lot about drug residues lately within the dairy industry. What are some best practices for residue control?

A.  As consumers become more critical of the food supply, farmers need to become more critical of their own operations. Residue management is in the hotseat today, and the majority of residue violations in slaughterhouses come from dairy cattle. That means … Continue reading

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Q. What can I do to control Staph Aureus and what steps can I take to combat this both in the Dry and Lactating period?

A.  Staphylococcus aureus, a contagious microorganism, is typically found in teat canal keratin and chapped teat skin.  Transmission is by transfer from an infected quarter to uninfected quarters via milking equipment, udder cloths, and/or milker’s hands so a significant part … Continue reading

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