Risk of infection during the dry period

Mastitis pathogens

The majority of clinical mastitis cases soon after calving are due to infections acquired during the dry period, more specifically during the transition phase. The risk is not evenly distributed during the dry period. The bovine mammary gland becomes more susceptible to new infections at both the beginning and end of the dry period.

 

Importance of good management of the dry period

Dry period

The dry period is of great importance for the control of both environmental and contagious mastitis. Infections acquired during the dry period reduce milk yield and increase the probability of cows developing clinical mastitis during the subsequent lactation. 

Epidemiology and management of mastitis in heifers

Heifer

Mastitis in heifers varies from that in cows in several ways. Mastitis is always a costly disease, but it is even more so in a heifer. 

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Milk Withdrawal Period Calculator

App that calculates the time of withdrawal of milk from a cow that has been treated with the product during the drying time. The calculator takes into account the exact moment the drying began until delivery. It calculates the time remaining to eliminate milked milk from birth and so respect the product legal withdrawal time (according to the product’s technical specifications sheet).

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