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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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