Dairy Cows and Udder Balm

by Caitlyn Andrews January 12, 2016

Dairy Cows and Udder Cream

Winter brings dry, chapped skin for most everyone. This includes dairy cows. This time of year can mean painful, chapped or raw udders for your dairy cows. Here are a few tips to keep your cows from suffering udder ailments this season.

Chapped Udder Prevention

Proper prevention can help you avoid chapped udders altogether. To keep your cows' udders from becoming chapped be sure to do the following:

  1. Clean udders thoroughly before and after milking.
  2. Dry udders and teats completely with individual towels before and after milking (if using a machine then teats should be dried before attaching).
  3. If your cow is leaking between milkings then she should be milked more frequently to keep her teats dry.

Udder Balms

It's possible that your cows can develop chapped teats, even with proper prevention. In this case, you should try an udder cream or balm to help your dairy cow heal.

You have two options when it comes to udder creams:

1. Make a homemade cream. Some DIYers out there enjoy making their own balm for dairy cows. If you have the time and a small enough herd then you might want to try this. A google search for "homemade udder balm" will give you plenty of recipes to choose from. Typical ingredients include olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax, and/or essential oils.

The Good: Can double as a hand cream for people, fun project for DIYers, control over ingredients.

The Bad: Time consuming, ingredients can get expensive, inconsistency and trial & error with batches.

2. Use a commercial balm. There are many effective commercial udder balms and creams available to you. Commercial udder creams will have already been tested as safe for use in dairy cows. There are even udder creams available that are non-stick and deter manure and dirt from sticking, such as Chap-Guard Plus with Aloe Vera.

    The Good: Convenient, not time-consuming, more cost-effective (especially with larger herds), proven effective and consistent formulas.

    The Bad: Not registered for human use, ingredients are listed but no control over ingredients used.

    Whether you decide to purchase or make your own udder cream, it's a great item to have on hand! While udders are prone to chapping in the winter with the dry, cold air, they can still become chapped during the rest of the year. Applying an udder cream at the first sign of chapped skin will help your cow overcome the condition faster. Store udder cream at room temperature so it's ready to go and not frozen when you need it.

    Udder edema? Try Edema Mint Udder Cream!

      Caitlyn Andrews
      Caitlyn Andrews


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