With the National Mastitis Council (NMC) Congress in Milan just around the corner, we wanted to take the opportunity to discuss with Paolo Moroni about the hot topics of the Congress and hearing his point of view regarding the control of those environmental pathogens which cause mastitis in cattle.
As the date for the international conference of the National Mastitis Council (NMC) is approaching (June 2018, in Milan), we’d like to give you an insight into what to expect at this year’s congress. That’s why we asked the NMC 2nd Vice President, Mr. Sarne De Vliegher, to answer some questions about what will be happening at the most important event on mastitis in cattle and review with him how the Congress has evolved over the last few year
Milking machines play a very important role in prevention of contagious mastitis in dairy cows. Find here a few simple tips for a correct maintenance of your milking parlour which can help you to reduce mastitis in dairy cows.
Dry cows are often the forgotten cows, and the environment has huge effects on bovine mastitis. Therefore, prevention of bovine mastitis by environmental bacteria starts with dry cows. You’ll find in this post valuable information regarding the environment in dry cows and regarding how to prepare your herd in order to avoid bovine mastitis infections during lactation.
In previous posts we reviewed the inorganic bedding materials and its role in mastitis in cattle. Today we will review the most important organic bedding materials such as straw, sawdust, wood shavings and recycled manure solids. We will also give you some take-home messages regarding bedding and its effect on bovine mastitis.
When it comes preventing mastitis in dairy cows, it is very important to work with a holistic mastitis control plan. Bedding materials can be divided in two groups. Inorganic or organic. Inorganic materials are sand, lime, calcium carbonate; and organic materials are straw, sawdust, compost etc. Let’s talk about the main benefits of using one or another for preventing mastitis in dairy cows.
Environmental control in the farm is the first point to be evaluated when trying to prevent mastitis in dairy cows. Bedding is the major source of environmental bacteria, as teats are in direct contact with it when lying down, also should not forget alleys, holding areas, parlours, etc, because manure splashed on to walking cows will help to increase teat exposure and dirty hooves will easily contaminate clean bedding and teats when cows are lying down.
Recent publications have shown an increase in the prevalence of Strep uberis in Europe. With the aim of knowing more about this pathogen, we share with you this publication of Doctor Volker Krömker to learn a little bit more of this pathogen.
The “M² Magazine” (a bovine mastitis and milk quality publication for the dairy professional), published in November this paper about a new tool to detect bovine mastitis pathogens and it’s diagnostic.