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Farm Animal Practice
A rational approach to dry cow therapy
  1. Andrew Bradley

    Andrew Bradley is an RCVS Specialist in Cattle Health and Production. He is director of the Farm Animal Practice and a lecturer in dairy production medicine at Bristol University.

  2. Jon Huxley

    Jon Huxley is a lecturer in farm animal production medicine at Bristol. He recently completed a PhD on non-antibiotic approaches to mastitis control during the dry period.

  3. Martin Green

    Martin Green is an RCVS Specialist in Cattle Health and Production. He currently divides his time between dairy practice in Glastonbury and research at the University of Warwick.

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THE use of antibiotics in food-producing animals is an increasing area of public concern. In particular, the prophylactic use of antibiotics is coming under scrutiny - and antibiotic dry cow therapy is one such use. The aim of this two-part article is to provide an insight into the most important pathogens during the dry period and the best approaches to minimising their impact, through a rational approach to the prescription of dry cow therapy. Part 1, published in the last issue (November/December 2002, pp 582- 587), discussed udder health priorities during the dry period. This article discusses aspects of the design, prescription, use and monitoring of antibiotic dry cow treatments.

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