Teat Spraying

Teat spraying provides a number of benefits including reducing bacterial numbers on teat skin after milking...

Why is this important?

Teat spraying helps to reduce bacterial numbers on teat skin after milking, keep teat skin supple and healthy, reduce risk of new infections by 50% in lactating cows.

You have ineffective teat spraying if:

  • More than 5% of cows have teat damage or sores - see Healthy Udder, Prevent 4 for examples of damage.
  • Teat condition is generally dry or rough.
  • Volume used/cow/milking is less than recommended i.e:20 ml for hand-held spray stystems or 30 ml for auto sprayer
  • Clinical cases are above average - see Industry Benchmarks
  • Clinical cases are above trigger - see Mastitis Focus.

Your options include:

  • Improve teat condition. See:
  • Improve spray technique and coverage. See:
  • Improve teat spraying mix. Check the right mix is being used, for teat and weather conditions. See:
  • Get help - your supplier of teat spray product or equipment, milk quality advisor or vet can help spot problems with teat spray performance.

Useful Resources:

  • Correct teat spraying technique, coverage and mix:
  • Maintaining equipment:
    • Guideline 24: Service teat spray units and review teat disinfectant to be used 
  • Teat damage and its causes: