Importance of Teat Sealer and hygiene at drying off

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Teat Seal NA consists of bismuth subnitrate in paste format that does not have any antibiotic or antimicrobial properties. It is infused into teat canal after the dry cow antibiotic. Once in the teat it fills the space in the teat canal creating a seal that prevents the entrance of pathogens during the dry period.

New intramammary infections are at their highest 3 weeks after dry off and the 10 days prior to calving. Many cases of clinical mastitis in early lactation result from infections originating during the dry period.

Teat Seal NA has become part of an overall dry cow programme on the majority of Irish dairy farms.

Hygiene is critical

During the drying-off process hygiene is essential. This includes using new milking gloves, thoroughly cleaning the teats and in particular the teat ends with medicated wipes, infusing the antibiotic followed by the sealer in as clean as possible an environment, spraying the teats with teat dip post drying-off, putting cows back into clean well limed and disinfected cubicles, daily cleaning cubicles and walk ways over the winter, regular monitoring the cows during the dry period for any signs of infections, calving cows in clean well disinfected calving boxes. Attention to detail is paramount.

Ask your local rep for details on Osmonds Hygiene Wheel.