Accidents and human error are unfortunate events but the end results (milk residues) are still violations. Treated cow identification protocols need to be farm specific and standardized so all farm personnel can readily distinguish a medicated cow. When a cow needs medication, the first treatment step (before any medications are administered) should be the application of some form of semi-permanent identification. At least two different identification methods should be employed. These may include leg bands, chalk marks, tail tape, neck chains, or some other form of secure identification that can be easily removed when the withholding time has expired.
Adopted from the University of Illinois, Veterinary Extension, Dr. Dick Wallace.
Supported by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Dairy and Food Inspection Division, the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Clinical and Population Sciences, the Minnesota Milk Producer's Association, and the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association.
Dairy & Food Inspection Division