Average incidence of mastitis in the UK dairy herd is estimated to be around 47 to 65 cases per 100 cows per year, or as high as two thirds of the herd.
The early and late dry period is when cows are most at risk of mastitis, as the natural keratin plug which seals the teat isn’t usually as strong. Current humid conditions are ideal for headfly, who are thought to aid in the transmission of infection.
Here are our top tips for summer mastitis control:
1. Avoid using fields near standing water and wooded areas
2. Treat cows with a long acting fly repellent product
3. Keep teats in good condition as flies are attracted to teat cracks, sores and cuts
4. Consider using a post milking barrier teat dip containing peppermint oil, a natural fly repellent
5. Use an external teat sealant, as they can further support any internal teat sealant or dry cow therapy benefits
T-Hexx Dry-E provides an external teat sealant solution which can provide considerable savings and can be used in addition to existing antibiotic therapy or internal teat sealants, offerin additional security at 90p per cow.
The economic benefit from using T-Hexx Dry-E at drying off, and possibly again pre-calving, could have a significant impact on the bottom line. Talk to your vet to ensure a safe and sensible dry cow therapy strategy, and contact the Progiene team on 0808 178 1010.