Can Use of a Teat Sealant Alone Prevent New Cases of Mammary Infection During a Dry Period?

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2004: $8,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2004
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $23,280.00
Region: Northeast
State: New York
Project Leader:
Willard De Golyer
Table Rock Farm, Inc.


  • Animal Products: dairy


  • Animal Production: preventive practices
  • Farm Business Management: whole farm planning

    Proposal summary:

    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.

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