Simple steps minimise herd infection
One of the highest-risk periods for herd infection is at the end of the season. It is a crucial time to set the farm up for the following season. Dry cow therapy can really make a difference.
You can minimise the risk of introducing infection or running into trouble with residues by:
Allow plenty of time to treat your cattle and ensure you have all the steps in place to create an infection-free herd.
Treat your cows in manageable mobs.
Provide adequate training. A successful treatment procedure and supervision are essential.
Use dry cow therapy only at the cows’ last milking. This is extremely important. To avoid contamination of milk bring cows back into the shed after milking to apply dry cow therapy.
Watch for quarters that have already dried off. Do not treat these as there is an increased risk of residue violation.
Keep a log. Record cow number, treatment and date for every cow.
Clear marking can help you out. Mark your cows clearly so that a cow won’t be accidentally milked if it jumps the fence or the wrong mob is brought in.
Move your cows into clean paddocks after drying off. Avoid effluent or recently grazed paddocks. Don’t bring your cows anywhere near your shed for at least seven days after drying off.