Pen moves can reduce performance

Pen moves can cause social stress and reduce performance. Studies show that it takes two to five days for a group of cows to become socially stable after a pen move1 and the production declines can really add up.2

No pen move is ever needed when treatment only includes EXCEDE® (ceftiofur crystalline free acid) Sterile Suspension or other Zoetis ceftiofur products.

Hospital pens make it worse

Moving fresh cows into a hospital pen can create even more problems. Fresh cows have a compromised immune system after calving, and moving them into a group with sick cows carries serious risks.3

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Important Safety Information: As with all drugs, the use of EXCEDE is contraindicated in animals with known allergy to ceftiofur or to the ß-lactam group (penicillins and cephalosporins) of antimicrobials. Though safe in cattle when properly administered, inadvertent intra-arterial injection is possible and fatal. EXCEDE has a pre-slaughter withdrawal time of 13 days following the last dose in cattle. Do not use in calves to be processed for veal.


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  2. von Keyserlingk MA, Olenick D, Weary DM. Acute behavioral effects of regrouping dairy cows. J Dairy Sci. 2008;91(3): 1011-6.
  3. Kirk J and Jardon P. Dairy Hospital Pens. UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Extension. Available at http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/vetext/INF-DA/INF-DA_DAIHOSPITALPENS.HTML. Accessed March 25, 2011.
  4. Cobbold RN, Rice DH, Davis MA, Besser TE, Hancock DD. Long-term persistence of multi-drug-resistant Salmonella enterica serovar Newport in two dairy herds. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2006;228(4):585-591.
  5. National Mastitis Council. The Value and Use of Dairy Herd Improvement Somatic Cell Count. Available at: www.nmconline.org/dhiscc.htm. Accessed: April 27, 2011.
  6. Punyapornwithaya V, Fox LK, Hancock DD, Gay JM, Wenz JR, Alldredge JR. Incidence and transmission of Mycoplasma bovis mastitis in Holstein dairy cows in a hospital pen: A case study. J Prev Vet Med. 2011;98(1):74-80.
  7. Modified from Overton M, Fetrow J. Economics of Postpartum Uterine Health, in Proceedings. Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council Convention, 2008: 39-44.


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