With heifer mastitis rates over 25% on many New Zealand farms, the magnitude of the problem and the associated costs become very clear. Teatseal is a non-antibiotic, inert substance that forms a physical barrier immediately on insertion, blocking the entry of bacteria into the udder throughout the dry period and at calving.
Teat sealant administered at least four weeks prior to calving dramatically reduces clinical mastitis around calving, thereby reducing the cost and frustration associated with heifer mastitis. We have found that earlier teatsealing of Heifers can provide cover through the whole winter period. Our teatsealing season for Spring calving heifers normally starts around early April.
Heifer teatsealing requires best practice hygiene protocols, and this is where we can offer you a gold standard service of heifer teatsealing at run off blocks by using our herringbone trailers. This trailer is designed to keep 5-6 heifers restrained safely during the process, and is engineered in such a way that also makes it safer for staff, in comparison with inserting on a rotary platform or in a herringbone.
As part of this service, the teat seal will all be inserted by trained Selwyn Rakaia Veterinary Services staff. We will require staff from your team to help in the yards and loading of trailer.