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Keep your cool in the heat of mastitis
Posted by Dan Funke

Adjusting to the weather on your farm isn’t always easy. It requires you to change your protocols to meet the needs of your cows so your dairy can be profitable.

With hot temperatures, the rate of mastitis incidences increases. Warm and wet environments are ideal breeding grounds for bacteria. The use of a heat abatement program supports the three tenets of the Dairy Wellness Plan: economic well-being of the dairy, well-being of the animals and proper use of antibiotics.

Heat abatement is extremely important. Without it, a cow can become stressed, causing her to be less profitable. It pays to limit stress on your cows.

The proper use of antibiotics is also an important way to manage mastitis on your farm when temperatures are hot. This is a time where an internal teat sealant is tremendously important for your cows’ dry periods. ORBESEAL® should be used to seal the teat end to prevent bacteria from entering the teat canal.

Since this is a time where bacteria is more likely to enter the teat canal and cause Escherichia coli (E. coli) to replicate rapidly, she needs a method of reducing the chances of E. coli causing mastitis. By vaccinating with ENVIRACOR® J-5, you can lessen the severity of E. coli mastitis on your dairy.

Check out this video to learn additional wet weather management tips to carry out during your next milking routine. Work with your Zoetis representative or Zoetis quality milk specialist to implement an effective mastitis prevention program once hot temperatures hit your farm.


Refer to the ORBESEAL label for complete instructions on proper administration at dry off and removal at freshening.


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