Dairy Cow

Dairy Management Tip for the Month -May 2022

When dry treating cows, attention to the details is important to prevent new infections

  • After milking, clean each teat end with an alcohol pad starting with the teat farthest away.  Continue cleaning the teat end until the alcohol pad remains “white”. Use a new alcohol pad to clean each teat end.
  • Starting with the teat  closest and finishing with the teat farthest away, partially insert the infusion tip of the antibiotic carefully into the teat streak canal and slowly depress the plunger.  Repeat for other 3 teats. 
  • Repeat infusion procedure with a tube of teat sealant for each teat.  Pinch the top of the teat when infusing.
  • Be careful not to contaminate the tip of the infusion tube.
  • When finished, dip each teat with post-dip.
  • Mark cow so everyone knows she is dry. Remove cow from the milking herd to prevent accidently milking.
  • Record information of product used, cow id, date etc in permanent records.

April 2022 Tip- With Today’s High Feed Costs, Harvesting High Quality Forages is a Must! 

Forages harvested early have less fiber and contain more protein and energy. Thus, rations need less soybean meal and corn grain– costly feeds today.  A bonus— cows milk better!! 

For the best quality, small grains and other grasses should be harvested at the late boot stage of maturity—where the seed head is just starting to emerge from the stem. 

March 2022- Foot care needs to include preemptive practices to reduce incidence of lame cows.

— At least twice yearly, hooves should be examined and trimmed if needed.  Routine hoof trimming corrects the claw angle so that weight is evenly distributed between the two claws of each foot.  Cows should be evaluated and trimmed as needed around 80 to 120 days in milk and at dry off.  Trimming only last 4-6 months.

— Minimize contact of hooves with manure through routine scraping of concrete surfaces.

— Footbaths are used 4 times weekly to prevent, not treat, hairy heel warts.  Breeding age and older heifers should go through the footbath in addition to cows.  Prevention starts with heifers!