Why farmers need to check your milk before drying from cows

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    “Farmers should check their high somatic cell count cows and to find out that the dry-cow tubes will work, but not the blanket dry off cows”, according to a veterinary worker with Glanbia Shane McElroy.
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“Farmers should check their high somatic cell count cows and to find out that the dry-cow tubes will work, but not the blanket dry off cows”, according to a veterinary worker with Glanbia Shane McElroy.

McElroy told farmers at a recent monitor farm Glanbia/Committee walk that they have to test their dairy herd to figure out what bacteria has led to the emergence of a large number of cells in dairy cows. He said this will allow the farmer to make an informed decision when drying from their cows.

“Cows can have the same high level of somatic cells, but depending on what strain is the cause of mastitis in a quarter, it can be curable or not,” said Shane.

He said that cows with staph. staph can be as low as 10pcs course of treatment and that it is more economical to dry the quarter than to treat it later in lactation.

The most common cause of mastitis in Ireland coagulasenegative Staphylococci (CNS) according to the vet and that it is much treated, and there is no need to select.

The CNS is transmitted from infected cows to the rest of the herd through the milking parlor and this, he said, can be managed by flushing of clusters between each cow and with the help of gloves. He advised the farmers to prevent the spread of the disease in the herd, to avoid the need for treatment.

As well as the identification of bacteria causing mastitis, the farmers can also know which plugs will be effective in the treatment of cows.

“Worth €100 Glanbia to make eight samples, you’re going to spend a lot more than it is in the pipes, so farmers make sure that they use a pipe that will work,” said McIlroy.

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He also said that dairy farmers are still one of the highest users of antibiotics in Europe, and that they have to show responsible use of antibiotics and to do so must make their milk tested before drying their herd this year.

He also noted, there is no doubt that a blanket drying cows will be banned in the future, while farmers and practicing veterinarians will be more limited in the use of antibiotics and the EU Department in the future.

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