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
A comprehensive dry cow program from Zoetis features a three-pronged approach to help improve the wellness of cows:
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. https://articles.extension.org/pages/11527/a-practical-look-at-environmental-mastitis. Accessed June 12, 2019.
3 National Mastitis Council. NMC Factsheet – Dry Cow Therapy. National Mastitis Council, 2006.