Boviseal proven to “dramatically” reduce mastitis in the 100 days post-calving and offers a “great opportunity” for vets to prompt farmers to re-evaluate their dry cow therapy and mastitis control, company claims.
A new teat seal from Bimeda boasts, what the company calls, “a significant return on investment” as well as “a great opportunity” for vets to prompt farmers to re-evaluate their dry cow therapy and mastitis control.
Boviseal, says the company, is proven to “dramatically” reduce mastitis in the 100 days post-calving.
Bimeda’s vet and head of technical services Padraig Hyland said: “Adding competition to the market will encourage farmers to reassess their dry cow and mastitis strategies.
“The UK launch of Boviseal is a great opportunity for vets to raise the issue of the damage and cost of mastitis, and the potential savings by the correct use of a seal.”
Mr Hyland also said Boviseal, which contains 65% Bismuth Subnitrate, is the number one selling teat seal in the Republic of Ireland, with “two thirds of the Irish dairy cows sealed annually”.
According to Mr Hyland, the evidence of the value from combined sealing and antibiotic therapy is “all too clear” when it comes to dry cow therapy. One case on a farm in Ireland, he said, delivered a 300% return on investment.
“Combined therapy might sound costly, but this two-year study saw annual mastitis cases fall dramatically, from 26 per 100 cows to 9 per 100,” he said.
“Defra figures indicate that mastitis is the most costly disease problem UK dairy farmers face, with a typical case costing £175. When you compare that against the cost of treatment for the herd, there’s no real counter argument, in my opinion.”
Correct administration of the product is also key, said Mr Hyland. “It is important to note that the conventional practice of massaging into the udder after infusion is not employed – the teat seal must stay in the teat canal.”
Bimeda has developed a website with a video demonstration detailing the correct procedure.
For more information and the video, visit the product’s website.