Administering dry cow treatments
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It is recommended that all cows are protected from mastitis during the dry period. However, there are hazards involved with the administration of antibiotic Dry Cow Treatment (DCT) and internal teat sealants (ITS) for both cows and operators, so it is critical that it is carried out properly.
Options for protection include antibiotic Dry Cow Treatment (DCT) and/or Internal Teat Sealants (ITS). DCT is used to treat existing infections not been cured during lactation and reduce the number of new infections that may occur during the dry period. ITS are used to protect uninfected quarters during the dry period and at calving and extend protection provided by DCT.
See Guideline 17 and Technote 17 for more information