Trying to dry iff for my first time. At this point, she is pregnant and has been in milk for just over a year. She dealt with some mastitis throughout January and half of February which was in one quarter and decently mild. Upon following the advice in the book Keeping A Family Cow to “T” with regards to drying off a 3 gal. a day producer, she immediately presented with mastitis again in all 4 quarters. I went back to TAD in an attempt to clear up any mastitis, during which time she breached a chicken tractor containing some sheep sweet feed and likely ingested upwards of 10 + pounds having been off grain a few days already herself. The mastitis indicators were nearly blue and she had body activity akin to general malaise with some diarrhea, no fever, lying down more, not eating much, cool ears and neck turned backward a few times. We have since completely remedied those symptoms with 24 hours, and I am really wanting to get her dried off before her end of May due date. Our mastitis indicators by Dr. Naylor are not 100% free of the mastitis, but knowing that this journey can take a while to remedy, I’m torn between continuing to milk out the mastitis and getting her dried up finally. We are down to two gallons a day this morning with a pliable udder and no stringiness. I feel strongly about avoiding antibiotics if at all possible! Looking for wisdom from this group to help this rookie who is an aspiring expert.
Time to send off samples for a culture. Sounds like she is battling a subclinical infection that flares up every time milking frequency is reduced. Dry off is a risky time for a subclinical infection - it can get really nasty and ruin a quarter/s while she's dry. Thankfully the dry period is also the best time to use antibiotics as they are more effective when they can sit for an extended time, plus the drugs aren't getting flushed out by milk.
But antibiotic infusions should only be used on a subclinical infection after confirming precisely what organism each quarter has. It's really important to use the correct antibiotic for the specific mastitis strain. Hence the need for lab culture.
Something to keep in mind - if frequent milking doesn't clear up mastitis in a few days, then it's not going to spontaneously clear up on its own. Mastitis that comes and goes most commonly is a very stubborn strain like Staph Aureus.
Post by sdmilkmaid on Mar 30, 2021 12:59:27 GMT -5
I avoid ABX when possible, but this sounds like a situation where they would be appropriate. Did you get a culture done to see what pathogens you are dealing with? That would be my first step, along with ABX sensitivity, stop milking cold turkey after you get those results, and dry treat with the recommended tubes. While 8 weeks dry is ideal, 6 weeks is adequate for a moderate producer with good body condition. That gives you time to get mastitis testing done. rosalind, does she need to dry treat all 4 quarters? Or just the symptomatic one(s) ? Rachel
Me, my Hubby, and four Littles one horse - Cappy A burgeoning goat herd 35+ British White and Angus mama cows, and several bulls My milk cows: Faith, Chick and Freckles Heifers coming up - Dolly Dixie RIP
I'd get somatic cell counts on all quarters or assume they're high based on symptoms.
If you're seeing physical chunks, redness, etc in all four quarters, that's extremely concerning. I agree with the others that a culture (could probably do one bulk culture) is the smartest option.
Then dry treat all four in hopes the dry period will resolve the issue. But being aware that you're likely dealing with a chronic type mastitis that may not resolve (and should be monitored after calving!).
I absolutely avoid antibiotics, but in a case like this, an antibiotic could make the difference between salvaging the cow or not. Risk to benefit, abx are worth using, assuming you get some useful info from the culturing.
Jersey cow family: Samson's Rosita & Virtuoso Briar Rose An Akita, some kitty cats, Border Leicester sheep & hens
Okay, so there were no more chunks, red or swelling as of yesterday and the udder felt near normal, but it still presents a little color on the Naylor Indicator. I will get a lab result as soon as I can. Meanwhile, if I go cold turkey and then treat with dry cow ToMorrow as soon as Coop gets it in, is that something you'd advise? I just keep finding reasons to keep milking her more and more to try and remedy this possible mastitis. Would you just never try to dry up a cow even with mild mastitis? I also have an actual CMT and solution which should be here tomorrow. Also, I just milked again and now the indicator is back to pretty darn blue. Would mammary involution cause this or it really should be seen as mastitis per the indicator. I certainly will know when I finally do a real CMT tomorrow. Thanks in advance for any advice.
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