Over the last while, a number of dairy farmers have been asking about non-antibiotic mastitis treatments for milking cows. Alternative treatments to antibiotics are being sold and farmers are asking if they are effective at treating mastitis. Some of these products have been around for a while, but others are new to the market. Mayo Healthcare has been selling a bolus called Maycillin for some time. This is a bolus containing allicin, which is found in garlic and is claimed to be an aid in supporting the cow’s immune system. The label states that cows over 500kg should receive two boluses with each bolus costing €30 each.
AHV advises farmers to use the bolus for all high-SCC and mastitis cases and use the liquid drench where there is also swelling of the udder