Disease management is ongoing on the dairy and is not confined to a specific point in time, says Mike Lormore, DVM, MS, MBA, Pfizer Animal Health. Lormore, speaking to attendees at October’s National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s Antibiotic Use in Food Animals: A Dialogue for a Common Purpose conference in Chicago, said the number one disease on the dairy is mastitis, followed by metritis, pneumonia and infectious lameness.

“We sell milk every day in the market, so milk withholding times following drug use are extremely important and we have rigorous programs in place to manage those,” Lormore explained.

However, when we harvest dairy cattle for beef, it’s often close to the time that antibiotic intervention has occurred to treat a sickness or injury. “That is a critical control point we focus on and we continue to work aggressively to put in place disease identification and treatment protocols, residue monitoring programs to make sure they are adhered to, training programs for employees and getting veterinarians on the farm to make sure disease identification and treatment occurs accurately all day every time and records are managed to monitor withdrawals.”

The main goal, Lormore stressed, is to put in place great management procedures to diminish opportunities where we have to intervene and treat with antibiotics.

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