Heifers are at a consistently higher risk of clinical mastitis than older cows around calving and early lactation. This leaves them at increased risk of having light quarters, teat canal thickening and being culled - before they have even entered the milking herd.
Mastitis reduction in heifers
With heifer mastitis rates over 25% on many New Zealand farms, the magnitude of the problem and the associated costs become very clear.
Teatseal administered to maiden heifers approximately 4 weeks pre-calving dramatically reduces clinical mastitis around calving, thereby reducing the cost and frustration associated with heifer mastitis. If necessary, Teatseal can be administered closer to calving (1-4 weeks prior to planned start of calving).
Teatseal is proven to dramatically reduce the incidence of calving mastitis in heifers. Administering Teatseal approximately 4 weeks pre-calving resulted in:
84% reduction in Strep uberis infections at calving.
68% reduction in clinical mastitis in the first two weeks of lactation.
WHAT IS TEATSEAL?
Teatseal is a non-antibiotic, inert substance that forms a physical barrier immediately on insertion, blocking the entry of bacteria into the udder throughout the dry period and at calving.
Heifer Teatsealing requires best practice hygiene and is usually done by your vet or a technician team.
Teatseal is only available from your vet, so contact them for more information.
Best practice administration guide for Teatsealing heifers.