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New Mastitis Product For Treating Dry CowsOne of the biggest breakthroughs in mastitis control since the FDA’s crackdown four years ago was announced by the Upjohn Co., headquartered at Kalamazoo, Mich., as this issue of FARM SHOW went to press.
The FDA has approved the company’s new formulation for dry cow mastitis control which is available as Biodry (sold over the counter) or Drygard (sold through veterinarians). Both products contain 400 mg. of the antibiotic novobiocin in an oil suspension and both control the two most common mastitis-causing organisms – streptococcus agalactiae and staphylococcus aureus.
“Our research involving 2,300 dairy cows in five geographic locations shows novobiocin to be very effective in treating mastitis in dry cows,” explains Dr. G. H. Swenson, Upjohn researcher.
The National Mastitis Council recommends that dry cow mastitis products be used to treat all four quarters of all cows as they’re dried off. With Biodry or Drygard, you infuse the contents of one tube in each quarter after the last milking prior to initiation of the dry period. Massage the udder after treatment to distribute the product throughout the quarters, then dip all teats following treatment with a suitable teat dip.
Biodry and Drygard are not to be used less than 30 days prior to calving. There is no milk discard requirement if used as recommended.
In addition to the Upjohn (Drygard) and Tuco (Biodry) labels, the new dry cow mastitis formulation is being private labeled by four different suppliers – Agway, Ralston-Purina, Central Soya and Allied Mills. Suggested retail of the new product sold “over the counter” is $10.50 for a box of 12 10ML plastic syringes, enough to treat all four quarters of three cows.
For more details, contact your local animal health supplier or veterinarian, or contact: FARM SHOW Followup, The Upjohn Co., Public Relations, The Upjohn Co., Building 190, Kalamazoo, Mich. 49001.
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