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Tips for Succeeding with SDCT

SDCT implementation may be different for different sized farms with varying management styles and resources/infrastructures. However, these tips are useful for all farms: 

  • Discuss SDCT with your veterinarian before starting;

  • Identify and train the key decision-maker(s) and staff to oversee the protocol or take part in the implementation process; 

  • Plan for your dry cow management strategies and conditions (housing, groupings, etc.);

  • Confirm your SCC testing schedules

  • Have a written “dry off” protocol that includes identification and management for dry off cows (for instance, you can use the National Mastitis Council recommendations)

  • Stick to your protocol - enroll all cows in your program that meet enrollment criteria SYSTEMATICALLY (i.e., based on SCC, history of mastitis, or culture results), not randomly or subjectively.

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