It is really important to pay attention to the details when drying off cows. If you are unsure if your technique or plan is top notch, please give one of our vets a call and let us talk you through best practice administration and answer any questions - it could save cows lives and dollars! 
Top Tips
The best time to insert Drycow or Teatseal is directly after the cups come off. That way hopefully the milking process has flushed any bugs in the canal and cistern out with the milk, and there hasn’t been opportunity for any more bugs to make their way up into the teat canal. Also the teat ends are probably at their cleanest, making cleaning them with teat wipes far easier. 
If you still wish to milk cows and send them out to a paddock for a couple of hours before bringing them back in for drycow or teatseal, the risk of mastitis is higher, but there are a few things you can do to minimise that risk:
  • Make sure every cow is thoroughly teatsprayed, with a high concentration teatspray. 
  • Walk cows the shortest distance possible, very slowly, to avoid splashes. 
  • Avoid very wet, muddy or contaminated races/yards. 
  • Use a paddock with a good cover of clean, dry grass. 
  • If the herd is large, try to bring smaller groups into the yards at a time so they are not standing around in muck. 
  • Make sure ALL staff administering dry-cow or teatseal are trained in best-practice hygiene. Please ask any one of our vets or techs to demonstrate this to you if you are unsure. 
What to do if you get cases of mastitis after administration? 
Firstly, cases of introduced infection generally occur within 48hrs of administration; these cows are often sick and may have a watery, tea like mastitis in either a hot swollen quarter, or a cold discoloured one. These cows go downhill quickly.  It’s important to check cows twice a day for the three days after administration so any sick cows can be brought in and treated as soon as possible. 
We advise that if a quarter is hot, swollen or the cow is sick, you strip the quarter, take a sterile milk sample and bring these samples in to the clinic for culture. Then call the clinic straight away to speak to one of our vets about the best course of action. The earlier a cow is treated with the right course of treatment the higher her chance of cure and survival.
10 May 2019, 01:01