Dry Off

Making the transition from lactating to non-lactating can be challenging for high-yielding cows. However, to optimize milk production and udder health in the next lactation, the dry period is essential. Cows are particularly susceptible to intramammary infections (IMI) at the beginning of the dry period. IMIs also lead to considerable usage of antimicrobials and represent a concern for antimicrobial resistance.

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In this month’s first research summary, the impacts on welfare and udder health are evaluated for two different dry off methods. In the second research summary, a new product is evaluated for its ability to promote dry off and offer protection against IMIs.

6.26 Dry-off and Udder Health and Welfare

Gradual dry off is best with the final milk yield at or below 15 kg/day.

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6.27 Chitosan Hydrogel and Dry-off

With the increasing concern around antimicrobial resistance, it is important to explore non-antibiotic IMI prevention treatments.

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6.28 Teat Sealant Fact Sheet

Step by step instruction for hygienically and effectively administering a teat sealant.

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