About Dairy Wellness

Do Right by Your Dry Cows for a Successful Lactation
Posted by Juan Rodrigo Pedraza

A little extra attention at dry off can set your cows up for a successful lactation. A seven-year study of environmental streptococci intramammary infections found that 51% of these infections occurred in dry cows.1 Additionally, the coliform intramammary infection rate is about four times greater during the dry period than during lactation.2

Safeguarding your cows at dry off from these risks allows you to make a direct impact on improving their wellness when they get back in the string.

Give your cows a better chance to stay healthy and prep them for the next lactation with a comprehensive dry cow program that includes a dry tube, a teat sealant and a coliform mastitis vaccine. The National Mastitis Council has pointed out that dry cow mastitis management can mean:3

  • Higher cure rates than can be achieved by treatment during lactation
  • Reduced incidence of new infections during the dry period
  • Time for damaged tissue to heal before freshening
  • Potential for reduced clinical mastitis at freshening

A comprehensive dry cow program from Zoetis features a three-pronged approach to help improve the wellness of cows:

  • SPECTRAMAST® DC (ceftiofur hydrochloride) Sterile Suspension treats more major mastitis-causing pathogens, including Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus dysgalactiae and Streptococcus uberis, than any other dry cow therapy — with no milk discard upon calving.
  • ORBESEAL®, the industry’s first teat sealant, mimics a cow’s natural first line of defense — its keratin plug, which blocks environmental mastitis-causing pathogens from entering the teat canal.
  • ENVIRACOR® J-5 provides a safe and effective way to help control clinical signs associated with E. coli mastitis.                 

Talk to your veterinarian to help establish a dry cow management plan to help your cows stay well for the next lactation. 

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 Todhunter DA, Smith KL, Hogan JS. Environmental streptococcal intramammary infections of the bovine mammary gland. J Dairy Sci. 1995;78(11):2366-2374. 

2 National Mastitis Council. A Practical Look at Environmental Mastitis. Accessed June 12, 2019.

3 National Mastitis Council. NMC Factsheet – Dry Cow Therapy. National Mastitis Council, 2006.


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