- Animal Products: dairy
- Animal Production: animal protection and health, preventive practices
A dairy animal’s dry period is a high-risk time for mammary gland infections, and standard practice dictates the use of antibiotics to minimize this risk. A previous trial showed there was potential for reducing antibiotic use by using a teat sealant, but the study findings had to be qualified because of constraints concerning the timing of testing. This study will use an individual somatic cell counter available on the farm to repeat the study and try to determine if teat sealant alone is an effective infection-fighting tool. Outreach will be through articles, news releases, presentations, and dairy consultants.