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the introduction of successful selective dry cow therapy

 

"We started selective dry cow therapy in 2012. Now, 60 to 70% of our cows are treated with OrbeSeal alone” says James Lee from Winnington Green Farm

 dairy cattle and farmer

  • Before embarking on selective dry cow therapy, essential requirements are accurate records, vet's involvement and operator training.

  • “All cows benefit from dry period protection by OrbeSeal, but not all cows may need an antibiotic during the dry period” says Zoetis vet Dave Armstrong

  • James Lee from Winnington Green Farm near Welshpool explains "In just two years following our adoption of OrbeSeal, clinical mastitis was down by two-thirds and cell counts halved, and of course there’s also been a substantial saving on dry cow tubes.”

  • Vet Geoff Lloyd from Camlas Farm Vets insists that farmers take individual cow factors into account at drying off, for example teat end damage or an unusually dirty cow.

  • “Strict hygiene during the drying off procedure is vital” Geoff explains. "A selective therapy programme should result in using less antibiotic.”

  

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