Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Extra-label Use of Cephalosporin & Ceftiofur - Dairy Disease Managment

·         Nearly 80 percent of producers do not have written treatment protocols.
·         Half of dairies do not always keep written treatment records.
·         More than 20 percent of producers administer extra-label medication without always having written orders or guidelines from their veterinarian.

Dr. Michael Apley, Veterinarian at Kansas State University who focused concerns about antibiotic resistance and residues in culled dairy cows and veal calves and what can be done to get rid of them.

“One of the unique things about dairy cattle is a lot of treatment in a sick dairy cow happens immediately before her being culled from the herd,” he said, noting that having veterinarians involved can be very helpful to dairy producers, especially in terms of making sure all procedures comply with current laws.


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