Dairy cows and Infection: Does Standing After Milking Help?
This study found a direct connection between standing time after milking and intramammary infection (IMI) incidence in cows. The results suggest that feeding cows within thirty minutes of their milking time, before or after, altered their standing behaviour. On average cows stood for 15 minutes longer after milking when fed during that time frame. The results of this study also confirm the findings of previous studies regarding the vulnerability of a cow’s teat canal to infection in the immediate time period after milking. The results also suggest that standing for extended time periods may also put cows at risk of IMI.