Dry cow therapy should be carefully planned because it can have a large impact on udder health. However, it’s not just the type of dry cow therapy you use that is important, it is the way it is used. Best Practice Administration looks at preparation, administration and aftercare. Plan well in advance to avoid a last minute rush.
Identify who will be administering and if they are trained
Consider the number of animals that you can treat in one day
Manage milk production in the leadup to dry off
Make sure you have all the tools you need
Schedule the job to allow for interruptions eg. bad weather.
Check weather conditions ‐ Reconsider if its raining
Set the shed up correctly
Hands, teats and syringes must be clean and dry, see our Best Practice Guide
Clean and infuse teat by teat using partial insertion of the syringe
Record any mastitis cases or blind quarters
Spray teats with a hi-concentration teat spray
Make sure cows/heifers walk quietly back to the paddock
Carefully choose a clean and dry environment for cows/heifers to go to
Observe cow/heifers daily for clinical signs of mastitis
At the first milking, remove Teatseal by manually stripping each teat 10 -12 times
Understand the difference between Teatseal flecks and clinic Mastitis
Take the Course
Complete a Best Practice Intramammary Administration for Dairy Cattle EduBit. This is a short course on intramammary administration which was set up by Zoetis and Otago Polytechnic.