Nearly all violative drug residues detected in the milk supply are caused by on-farm mistakes.1 The causes of violative residues in milk often can be traced to treated cows that were milked accidently.
There are three types of cows in the herd that have the most drug residue risk.1 They include:
These cows have high enough levels of antibiotics to cause residue violations. To help avoid the mistake of milk from these types of cows entering the bulk tank, we recommend covering the following checkpoints on your dairy:
We also recommend following the 10-point plan in the Dairy Animal Care & Quality Assurance guidelines. When producers and veterinarians work together to implement this plan, everything should be in place to minimize the chance of a residue violation occurring in the milk supply.
However, the benefits don’t stop at fewer violations. Among herds where this program has been incorporated, lower somatic cell counts and higher rolling herd averages also have been documented.1 Work with your veterinarian to implement the 10-point plan so a tanker load of milk isn’t found hot from your dairy.
1 Neubauer GD. Antibiotic Residues: Perception vs. Reality. http://purl.umn.edu/118823. Published May 22, 1996. Accessed June 9, 2016.