This is the year to Teatseal® your heifers
It has been many years since the district has stayed so green throughout the summer months, so hopefully the flow-on effect of this increase in feed levels will be well-grown, well-developed heifers entering your herd come calving time.
If you have never used Teatseal® in your heifers before, this is the year to consider it. Bigger heifers often have bigger udders and the likelihood of them dripping milk pre-calving is increased. This can leave to increased rates of clinical mastitis around calving, when you least have time to deal with it.
While the best results are seen when treating animals 4-6 weeks before calving, benefits have been seen in heifers treated as close as two weeks prior to the planned start of calving. This means that if your heifers are away at grazing, this is still an option when they come home to the farm.
Franklin Vets offers a convenience and cost-effective heifer Teatseal® service. Read more about what our teatsealing clients have to say....
Speak to your vet today about the benefits of treating your heifers and look forward to a hassle-free early lactation.
The number of heifers being teatsealed before calving is increasing every June as more clients become aware of the benefits of reduced heifer mastitis at calving. On average there is a reduction in subclinical mastitis of 65% and a reduction in clinical mastitis of 50% with further reductions in clinic mastitis in heifers during lactation.
Read what another client has to say.
How is it done?
Yes, with planning, care and patience you can treat heifers with Teatseal prior to calving without getting kicked and injured.
The process is :
- Treatment is given by our trained team 4-6 weeks prior to the planned start of calving, usually early June.
- Herringbone sheds are preferable.
- Heifers need to be broken into the shed and taught "heads over" in the week before treatment. This takes 6-8 passes through the shed. Including some mature cows help with leading and blocking.
- On the day of treatment heifers needed to be fed well to bulk them up.
- Keep only small mobs of 30-40 in the yard at one time.
- Use only one side of the herringbone to treat 10-15 heifers at a time.
- The breast rails need to be as narrow as possible.
- Extra staff is needed to hold tails and apply tail jacks as required. They should be be quiet experienced stockmen. One helper per person teatsealing.