Check your Cow’s Teats

Cows with dry skin on teats can produce skin damage
The problem with dry teat skin is  more bacteria thrives in  the cracks and can be painful. It has been known for a long time numbers of bacteria at the teat end is the biggest risk for a new mastitis cases. Dry skin is also painful, and pain can block oxytocin resulting in under-milked quarters leaving the milking parlour. It can also result in hyperkeratosis at the teat end, which heightens the risk of mastitis by interfering with streak canal closure and can create a place for bacteria to live around the teat end opening.
Dry, chapped teat skin most often has weather to blame. Other causes can include
Wet bedding. Recycled sand or manure can be higher in moisture than other bedding types.
High humidity poor ventilated sheds.
Lime with other bedding materials. It has the potential to dry-out and damage teat and udder skin and so must be adequately covered with chopped straw or sawdust, but is very useful in drying-out soiled wet patches on cubicle beds and controlling bacterial levels.
Pre dips with high parts per million (ppm) of free chlorine. These will strip the oils in the skin.
Post dips with low levels of skin moisturizers. These are cheaper alternatives used  to save money.
If you suspect your cows to have dry chapped skin use a post dip formulated with the correct skin moisturizing ingredients for your cows. Most dips do not have the exact ingredients on the label find a post dip that is well formulated with a combination of ingredients that will heal your herd’s teat health problems quickly and completely.

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