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If you run a dairy farm, you’ll know just how important it is that your cattle continue to produce milk. It’s your legal responsibility to keep the cows, milking area and living areas clean and hygienic, and you have to ensure that the antibiotic residues are below the maximum permitted level… The latter is of particular concern, especially as mastitis is one of the most commonly occurring infections.
Inflammation of the mammary gland causes changes in the biochemical composition of milk and the gland tissue, making the milk unusable for human consumption. Failing to maintain strict teat hygiene management in summer conditions can lead to a deteriorating skin condition, as well as high bacteria loading and the increased risk of mastitis. Worse still, if mastitis is not treated in time it can become chronic, usually resulting in the cow being put down.
Prevention yields better results; the more you can do to prevent infections in the first place, the better the quality your milk, the happier the cows, and the more your farming business continues to flow.
Added to this is the necessity to reduce antibiotic usage to combat the spiralling problem of antimicrobial resistance (or AMR – where bacteria and other microorganisms develop resistance to previously effective treatments).
AMR affects us all because it reduces the effectiveness of our antibiotics. And part of the problem has always generated from the food industry: It’s been easier to provide bulk antibiotics to animals rather than treat individual infections or deal with large outbreaks that cause loss of livestock.
Further adding to the need to prevent infections before they happen, is that UK Government targets include reducing antibiotic use in food-producing animals by 25% from 2016 to 2020, with new objectives being announced in 2021.
Provilan ANNAA+ Optimum Care is an easy to use spray that has a preventive effect against mastitis in dairy cows. The spray is enriched with beneficial ‘good’ probiotic bacteria, naturally sourced from plants.
The helpful probiotics thoroughly clean and restore healthy microbial balance to the skin around the udders and teats. This supports immunity and increases the cow’s natural resilience to infection. They inhibit harmful pathogenic bacteria and reduce the risk of infection. This in turn reduces the need for antibiotics, which reduces lost milk production.
We also recommend using the Optimum Care spray with our ANNAA+ Stable (Livestock Housing) Cleaner and ANNAA+ Stable (Livestock Housing) Stabiliser Granules and ANNAA+ Stable (Livestock Housing) Stabiliser Liquid. This keeps cattle more comfortable and their housing cleaner at a microbial not just visible level, which and inhibits mastitis pathogens further.
All these probiotic products work in a safe, natural and mechanical way that does not cause harmful bacteria to mutate and develop resistance. In fact, they reduce antimicrobial resistance. All are free from chemicals, toxins, pollutants and carcinogens.