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Dairy Management Tip for the Month - February 2023

Properly Use Teat Sealants at Dry Off

  • Clean each teat end with a single-use alcohol pad or alcohol-soaked cotton ball. Use a separate pad or cotton ball for each teat. 
  • Clean the teat located the furthest away first, working toward those closest to you.  Clean each teat until the cleaning pad/ball remains white, using additional pads/cotton balls as needed.
  • Starting with the teat closest to you, insert the syringe tip of the teat sealant into the teat end while pinching off the top of the teat where it meets the udder. Slowly inject teat sealant, using a separate tube for each quarter.
  • Do not message the teat sealant into the quarter.  You want it to remain in the teat canal.
  • Infuse teat sealant into the remaining teats, working from those closest to those furthest away.
  • When done, dip each teat with post-dip.
  • If cows are dried off at another time than following being milked, dip teats with pre-dip, wait 30 seconds, and then dry with an individual towel before starting the procedure outlined previously.

 

January Tip---- Take time to review your financial side of your business. ---                        

December Tip- Cleanliness of the calving pen or area impacts the health of both her calf and the dam herself.

Calf— Besides timely intake of colostrum, cleanliness of the calving pen impacts the health and potential survivability of the calf.  Many causes of disease within the first 2 weeks of life can be contracted from the calving pen.

Dam—-Metritis continues to be one of the primary issues in fresh cows.  Well bedded and “clean” calving areas decrease the chances of  “inoculating” the uterus during the calving process.