By Dale Baker and Chip Hendrickson
AgroChem Hoof Care Technical Experts
Copper sulfate is an effective treatment and preventative for digital dermatitis when used in a footbath. Unfortunately, it’s also expensive, problematic to dispose of, and potentially toxic. The Winter 2016 issue of the Country Folks Cattle Production Guide details strategies for reducing copper use in footbaths, including:
- Good hygiene practices to keep hooves dry and reduce potential cross-contamination
- Footbathing intervals based on current leg hygiene and production stage
- The use of additives (such as HoofMax or DuraHoof) to increase the potency of copper sulfate and reduce the amount needed for comparable results
- The use of biodegradable footbath solutions (such as HealMax) to achieve results without copper sulfate or formaldehyde
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