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Teat Damage

Rough teat skin and teat sores provide places for bacteria to grow and multiply...

Why is this important?

Damaged teats are:

  • harder to keep clean
  • uncomfortable for the cow
  • more at risk of mastits 

Teat skin is affected by:

  • Mud, water, wind and rain
  • Faulty milking machines
  • Rough handling during milking
  • Infectious organisams.

You have a problem with teat damage if:

  • More than 5% of cows have a sore or wound on the teat - see Healthy Udder, Prevent 4 for examples of damage.
  • More than 10% of cows have dry or rough teats, or blood spots (petechiae) - see Guideline 9.1 for examples of these conditions.
  • Use Healthy Udder and Guideline 9.1 to work out what kind of damage is present.

Your options include:

  • Get help to assess teat condition and work out what may be causing it, go to:
  • Improve spray technique and coverage. See:
  • Improve teat spraying mix. Check the right mix is being used, for teat and weather conditions. See:
  • Arrange a milking machine test to check for machine faults that may be causing problems. Go to NZMPTA machine testers.

Useful Resources: