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Parlour hygiene improvements help reduce antibiotics

July 31, 2018 by  
Filed under Livestock

Dairy farmers are being encouraged to take practical steps in parlour hygiene management to reduce antibiotics and take advantage of future milk marketing opportunities.

Rob Kelly, regional sales director for Diversey, which owns the Deosan range of hygiene products said: “As an industry we’re all aware of the concern and growing awareness of antibiotic use on farm – and the need for action to reduce current levels.

“Milk buyers are already introducing measures to encourage reduced use, and farmers should revisit their milking routines to ensure they’re implementing protocols that are compatible with good milk hygiene and udder health.

A rigorous udder hygiene programme, carried out with robust well formulated products, was a proven way of reducing the environmental challenges responsible for infection, said Mr Kelly. It also encouraged healthier, more productive cows, leading to improved milk quality.

“Post milking teat disinfection plays a proven and crucial role in reducing the risk from mastitis causing organisms and a well formulated product will ensure hydrated skin that can withstand the changeable conditions particularly in the summer.”

Mr Kelly said it could be tempting to reduce back on pre-milking teat preparation, perhaps removing a disinfectant altogether, when cows were outside. But this could lead to fluctuating bactoscan results and expose teats to bacteria when cows were dirtier than normal.

“Utilising carefully chosen teat hygiene pre and post milking disinfectants will safeguard your business against unnecessary antibiotic use, and all the significant costs that are associated with it,” he said. As a result, producers should invest in quality hygiene products.

“Remember that no two products are the same. Choose the correct product for the time of year, your farm conditions and teat hygiene needs. If soil removal is critical, ensure your choice of product delivers and without detriment to the integrity of the skin.”

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