- Animal Products: dairy
- Animal Production: preventive practices
- Farm Business Management: whole farm planning
For dairy cattle, the dry period brings high risk for mammary gland infections. Industry-standard practice calls for every lactating animal to be treated with high dose intramammary antibiotic at dry off. This project will examine if this practice can be eliminated in lower-risk cows by employing a new teat sealant. Outreach will be through publications, press releases to major industry magazines, and the Northeast Dairy Producers Association.