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Selective approach to dry cow therapy
  1. Päivi Rajala-Schultz,
  2. Karin Persson Waller,
  3. Tariq Halasa and
  4. Ane Nødtvedt
  1. University of Helsinki, Paroninkuja 20, 00014, Finland
  2. National Veterinary Institute, Uppsala SE-751 89, Sweden and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala SE-750 07, Sweden
  3. University of Copenhagen, Grønnegårdsvej 15, 1870 Frederiksberg C, Denmark
  4. Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Bygning 11, 303, Adamstuen, Norway
  1. email: paivi.rajala-schultz{at}

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We would like to comment on a letter, ‘Pan-European agreement on dry cow therapy’ (VR, 2 June 2018, vol 183, p 637). We found the consensus statement on this important and timely topic, and its objectives, uniformly supportable.

However, we feel that the published statement, authored by representatives from seven countries, does not represent a ‘pan-European agreement’ on dry cow therapy (DCT). Additionally, we were surprised to see broad treatment recommendations without references to scientific literature.

In the Nordic countries, blanket treatment of cows with antibiotic DCT (ADCT) or internal teat sealants (ITS) at drying-off has never been implemented, making the statement unsuitable …

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