We have had our first taste of frigid temperatures and the risk has increased for damaged, frozen, chapped
and hyperkeratosis on teats. Wind chill is the biggest risk factor for teat damage, especially as the wind chill
drops below zero. At -25 wind chill, teats can freeze in under one minute! Each farms risk for winter teat
damage is different and is affected by the following factors:

  • Teat condition prior to cold weather
  • Barn temperature and exposure to wind
  • Length of time cows are outside with wet teats following milking
  • Bedding cleanliness and moisture level

Skipping post dip all together is a poor option because when cows lay down, the bedding will be warm enough for bacteria to grow. Dipping and blotting the extra dip at the end of the teat is a better option. There are options to help if you have a problem but good skin condition is fundamental to prevent problems. If you have questions or concerns about your program, consult your veterinarian or udder health service provider so you have a plan in place to maintain teat health this winter.

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