The dry period is the most important phase of a dairy cow’s lactation cycle. During this phase, the cow and her udder are prepared for the next lactation; therefore, any abnormalities during the dry period will have a negative effect on the cow’s health and milk production after calving.

That’s why today, we’d like to share guidelines on the use of teat sealants.

Guidelines on use of teat sealants

When drying off dairy cows, a so-called double dry off therapy is often used: intramammary application of an antibiotic followed by injection of a sealant in the teat.

When using a teat sealant on AMS farms, the complete and total evacuation of the sealant prior to the first milking in the robot is very important to prevent problems. Remnants of the sealant can cause blockages in the milking system of the robot.

For a practical instruction card on how to correctly apply teat sealants, click here.

Information is courtesy of Lely’s July 2011 Monthly Farm Management Newsletter. For more information from Lely, visit www.lely.com.

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