Short communication : Drying-off practices and use of dry cow therapy in Finnish dairy herds

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Vilar , M J , Hovinen , M , Simojoki , H & Rajala-Schultz , P J 2018 , ' Short communication : Drying-off practices and use of dry cow therapy in Finnish dairy herds ' , Journal of Dairy Science , vol. 101 , no. 8 , pp. 7487-7493 .

Title: Short communication : Drying-off practices and use of dry cow therapy in Finnish dairy herds
Author: Vilar, M. J.; Hovinen, M.; Simojoki, H.; Rajala-Schultz, P. J.
Contributor organization: Departments of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Production Animal Medicine
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Animal Reproduction Science
Date: 2018-08
Language: eng
Number of pages: 7
Belongs to series: Journal of Dairy Science
ISSN: 0022-0302
Abstract: The objective of this study was to survey drying-off practices and use of dry cow therapy (DCT) in Finland through an online questionnaire. The questionnaire was accessible to all dairy farmers of the Finnish dairy herd recording system in 2016 (approximately 5,400 farms). In total, 715 dairy producers across the country, representative of the Finnish dairy industry, participated in the survey. Cows were dried off gradually in most of the farms. Most farms (78%) reported using selective DCT, whereas 9% of farms did not use any DCT, and 13% of farms applied blanket DCT. A significant trend was observed with increasing herd size and proportion of farms using blanket DCT. Percentage of farms using blanket DCT was also higher in farms with automatic milking system. Farmer's own experience was the most commonly reported reason for choosing a particular approach to DCT. Microbiological testing of milk samples at dry-off was the preferred method of selecting cows for DCT; 82 and 64% of farms using selective and blanket DCT approach, respectively, reported testing milk samples before treatment. The second most common criteria for using antibiotic DCT were clinical mastitis history and high somatic cell count. A high number of farms using selective DCT reported treating only up to one-fourth of their cows at dry-off. Information acquired on drying-off practices in Finland allows for future monitoring of prudent antimicrobial usage at dry-off.
Subject: dry cow therapy
drying-off practices
selective dry cow therapy
413 Veterinary science
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: other
Usage restriction: openAccess
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