490 – Benefits from cutting antibiotic use in dry cows (Research report – Mc Pherson – 2019)Click here for resource
490 Research report
Benefits from cutting antibiotic use in dry cows by Mc Pherson L. 2019 British Dairying 2019: 50-52
In Significant Impact Groups: Pathogen management \ Managing sick animals; Targeted use of antibiotics; Prudent use AB
Species targeted: Dairy;
Age: Not stated;
Selective Dry Cow Therapy (SDCT) is becoming more common on many dairy farms in response to increasing pressure to use antibiotics responsibly in agriculture, as well as the demands from milk buyers and supermarkets. Trials have shown that cows with no evidence of existing infection within the udder can be successfully dried off with only a teat sealant. The use of antibiotic dry cow therapy can then be targeted to only those cows with evidence of infection at dry off—usually indicated by a high somatic cell count in late lactation.
Where to find the original material: https://www.fas.scot/publication/selective-dry-cow-therapy/;