Dairy Risk Factors

Many dairy producers are unknowingly at risk for a residue violation in both meat or milk shipped from their farm. If any of these sound familiar, you may want to consider having a residue risk assessment.

Is Your Dairy At Risk?

  • Do you use the following on your dairy?
    • Penicillin
    • Flunixin
    • Sulfadimethoxine
    • Gentamicin
    • Nuflor
  • Have you ever used a dry tube on lactating dairy cows?
  • Are there employees on your dairy who should be better trained on diagnosis and treatment of animals?
  • Do you or your employees ever use drugs in a way not specifically stated on the label?
  • Has a dairy animal ever been treated without recording it in an individual animal treatment record?
  • Do you believe that a negative on-farm test will present a residue violation?
  • Has your dairy farm ever had a residue violation?
  • Would you find a visit to your dairy farm from a regulatory official concerning?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, your dairy herd could be at risk for a residue violation.

Top Reasons For Residue Violations


  • Forgetting to divert the pipeline from the bulk tank for treated dairy cows
  • Recently purchased dairy cows were treated and milked into bulk tank
  • Using drugs for extra-label treatment and shipping milk to soon
  • Fresh dairy cow milk contained residues from dry cow treatment
  • Thinking there is a "zero meat, zero milk withdrawal" antibiotic


  • Improper withdrawal times for  mastitis and dry-treatments
  • Changing dose or route for Penicillin 
  • Dairy calves marketed for veal which consumed medicated colostrum or replacer 
  • Administering Flunixin in muscle or under skin 
  • Improper withdrawal for dairy cows treated with uterine boluses or infusions 
  • Using drugs for extra-label treatments

For more information on a Residue Risk Assessment from ANIMART, contact our Professional Services Department 866.986.9404.