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 it is important to understand the current bacteria in your herd.

What’s the impact?

  • Money is wasted if you are not using the appropriate dry cow treatment for the current bacteria in your herd.
  • Without the appropriate dry cow treatment you could be seeing a higher SCC or increase in mastitis incidences, which decrease your premium.

ANIMART Solutions

  • Run a bulk tank culture at least once per month.
  • Bacteria on your farm can change, so staying current with testing will help you choose the appropriate dry cow treatment.
  • Review you bulk tank culture results and double check that your current dry cow treatment covers the bacteria found in your bulk tank.
  • Sit down with your veterinarian and have a plan in place for successful treatment.
  • Potentially cull cows who have high SCC, have been treated multiple times, ¬†or have high risk of infecting other cows.

 

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