Investing in proactive mastitis management at dry off can pay dividends by improving milk quality, herd health and production.
Research has shown that teats don’t always close completely during the dry period, causing new mastitis infections to nearly double.1 That leaves cows vulnerable to new infections because their teats stay open through most or all of the dry period. Teats of high-producing cows are most likely to remain open when the keratin plug fails to form. That puts your most valuable cows at the greatest risk of new infections.
Up to 50% of new udder infections occur during the dry period as well as more than 50% of early lactation clinical Escherichia coli (E. coli) mastitis cases.2
A comprehensive dry cow program can help reduce new infections during the dry period by up to 30% with the power of three: treatment, protection and prevention. According to the National Mastitis Council, dry cow care also offers:2
New research shows the value of quality dry cow programs:
Don’t forget to round out your dry cow program with protection. Adding the E. coli mastitis vaccine ENVIRACOR™ J-5 to a dry off routine could bring up to an additional $57 in income per cow per lactation.7
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.
1 Dingwell RT, Timms LL, Sargeant JM, Ketton DF, Schukken YH, Leslie KE. The association of teat canal closure and other risk factors for new dry period intramammary infections, in Proceedings National Mastitis Council 42nd Annu Meet 2003;298-299.
2 National Mastitis Council. NMC Factsheet – Dry Cow Therapy. National Mastitis Council, 2006.
3 Data on file, Study Report No. 11PETSDC01, Zoetis Inc.
4 Data on file, Study Report No. 11PETSDC03, Zoetis Inc.
5 Data on file, Study Report No. 11PETSDC04, Zoetis Inc.
6 Data on file, Study Report No. 11PETSDC02, Zoetis Inc.
7 DeGraves FJ, Fetrow J. Partial budget analysis of vaccinating dairy cattle against coliform mastitis with an Escherichia coli J5 vaccine. J Am Vet Med Assoc 1991;199(4):451-455.