Teat spray

  • Iodine Price Rise

    An issue on the horizon for many dairy farmers is an expected rise in the cost of iodine teat disinfectants due to a rise in the cost of raw materials.

    Whilst the extent of the price rise may be variable, some manufacturers have indicated that the price of a "ready-to-use" iodine based teat disinfectant may rise by about $70 for a 200 litre container over the next few months.

    This would increase the cost of teat disinfection by about 0.7 cents/dose - for a 300 cow herd, that is about $2 per milking.

    What are the options or alternatives?

  • Keep an open mind

    Teat disinfectant spray on teats

    During the milking process in any dairy, there are a substantial number of factors which can influence the risk of mastitis infections.

    The Countdown Farm Guidelines and the supporting Countdown Technotes describe these factors very well, and also how to measure and assess them.

    It takes a reasonable amount of time to conduct all the necessary assessments during milking, and it may not always be possible to complete all the tasks in one milking – especially if it is a relatively short milking or there is only one adviser conducting the assessment.

  • Managing mastitis risk in the dairy

    On a typical dairy farm, the milking process contributes about 60% of the risk of mastitis on that farm.


    Countdown has given us a great set of definitions for best practice, and Dairy Focus has now added the ability to precisely assess and measure each element of mastitis risk in the dairy and then combine them into an Overall Mastitis Risk Score.

  • Protect your teat spray nozzles

    Spray nozzle starting to wear
    Protected spray nozzle

    Teat disinfection is the most important thing we do in the dairy during milking for mastitis control. Yet it is also the hardest thing in which to achieve best practice.

    Best practice is 100% coverage of 100% of teats, which generally requires about 20 ml of teat spray through a well-adjusted nozzle which gives a good “splat” pattern.

    Spray nozzles often get knocked around in the dairy from hitting steel and concrete and the nozzle wears away until it affects the spray pattern.

    Replacing the guns is an expensive exercise, so here’s a tip to help preserve those nozzles.

  • Remnants that count

    Teat spray on teats

    Dictionaries variously describe the meaning of the word “residue” as being a “remnant”, or “something which remains after a part is removed”.

    Prior to July 1945, no human had radioactive residues due to nuclear weapons.

    However, the situation now is dramatically different - every human on earth has some level of residue in their body from the fallout of nuclear weapons.

  • Teat skin condition suffers from weather

    Dirty teats

    Several of our dairy regions are now very wet, and this cold, wet, & often windy weather can quickly cause teat skin to become dry, cracked and chapped.

    Dry, cracked teat skin significantly increases the risk of mastitis due to the cracks in the skin harbouring more bacteria, and it also causes significant changes in milking machine performance.

    Once teats are coated with dried mud, the teat spray cannot get through to kill the bugs in the cracked skin underneath, and neither does the emollient get through to lubricate and moisturise the skin properly. Thus the skin just dries out more and more, and a self-worsening cycle has begun!

  • The power of numbers

    Cows being milked

    "We work really hard to get the cell count down, and then it just takes off on us, and we don't seem to be able to stop it."

    The frustration was clearly obvious at a meeting with the farm team on this 300 cow farm.

    "How can it spread so quickly?"

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