As demand rises for higher-quality milk, dairy producers must find ways to decrease somatic cell counts (SCC) and increase production. Many dairy producers are turning their attention to the dry cow period and use comprehensive dry cow programs to prepare cows for success in the next lactation.
In a roundtable from Progressive Dairyman, four dairy producers share how they are driving changes in milk quality by proactively managing mastitis during the dry period.
John Brower, owner/herd manager
Ed Brower Dairy, Inc., 1,300-cow dairy in Exeter, Calif.
Travis Offhaus, herdsman
Offhaus Farms, 1,000-cow dairy in Batavia, N.Y.
Matt Lamb, owner/manager
Lamb Farms, Oakfield, 5,500-cow dairy in Oakfield, N.Y.
Rey Aguilar, herdsman
Bar VP Dairy, 3,500-cow dairy in Pixley, Calif.
They answer the questions:
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: People with known hypersensitivity to penicillin or cephalosporins should avoid exposure to SPECTRAMAST DC. Product requires a 30-day dry cow period, and has a 16-day pre-slaughter withdrawal period following last treatment. Use of this product in a manner other than indicated on the label, or failure to adhere to the proper milk discard period, will result in violative residues. See full Prescribing Information, here.
Refer to the ORBESEAL label for complete instructions on proper administration at dry off and removal at freshening.