The use of antibiotic dry cow therapy at the end of lactation is part of standard mastitis control programs. UW Milk Quality kicks off a new three-part video series outlining ways to decrease the number of existing intramammary infections and/or prevent new infections during the early weeks of the dry period.
Tune in to learn:
- Why is Antibiotic Dry Cow Therapy Used?
- The Science Behind Selective Dry Cow Therapy
- Selecting Herds and Cows for Selective Dry Cow Therapy
Part ONE: Why is Antibiotic Dry Cow Therapy Used?
How dry cow therapy reduces the risk of mastitis for the next lactation cycle.
Part TWO: The Science Behind Selective Dry Cow Therapy
Learn how selective dry cow therapy programs focus on using antibiotics and internal teat sealants for affected quarters to reduce the risk of mastitis during the next milking cycle.
Part THREE: Selecting Herds and Cows for Selective Dry Cow Therapy
If you are considering the use of dry cow therapy in your herd, it is a good idea to first examine the level of mastitis in your herd. In this episode, Dr. Pamela Ruegg guides you in deciding if blanket dry cow therapy or selective dry cow therapy is best for your herd based on the history of subclinical mastitis in your herd and your ability to monitor clinical mastitis at the cow level.