Hope you have been able to recharge your batteries over the Christmas holidays so that you can continue learning about SCC counts in milk and how these helps you to prevent mastitis in dairy cows! In previous posts, we stressed the importance of understanding what somatic cells in milk are and how to interpret them at an individual level. It is now time for us to talk about what we can do at herd level.
In previous posts, we talked about the benefits of using Somatic Cell Count tests in milk (SCCs) instead of using other tests such as the California Mastitis ones (CMTs). But exactly what kind of information do these tests provide us about the infection dynamics? And how exactly can this help you to monitor mastitis in dairy cows? Here are all the answers!
Most dairy vets need to deal with their clients’ milk tests going on for months. Processing such an enormous amount of data can be confusing. In this post you’ll find some basic guidelines to help you evaluate the infection dynamics on your clients’ farms and assess and monitor the risk of mastitis in cattle based on the Somatic Cell Count.
Bedding material management is key to controlling environmental mastitis in the farm. But what are the most recommended materials to prevent mastitis infections? What are the key factors for a correct maintenance? Doctor Luis Pinho, worldwide recognized expert in mastitis in cattle is answering here to all these questions
Somatic Cell Count (SCC) and California Mastitis Tests (CMT) are two of the most widely used tools for controlling mastitis in cattle, as they help you to identify the infection status of a cow at an individual level. In this post we’ll carry out an in-depth analysis of these two methods, identifying the benefits and limitations of each method so you can decide which one suits you best!
Can we prevent, control and treat mastitis in cattle with less antibiotics? The answer is YES, as the Netherlands experience proves so! Check out this interview with Dr. Tine van Werven (Associate Professor of the Utrecht University and also a field practitioner) who explains us the progress she followed to adapt her farms to the new antibiotic-reduction legislation in dairy production that applies in her country and the tools she used to prevent mastitis in cattle.
Thanks to the previous posts, we already know what’s the relationship between Somatic Cell Count (SCC) and clinical mastitis in cattle. In this post, we are going a little way further to find out about how to read sampling results of Somatic Cells in milk.
In many countries, performing individual checks of SCC (Somatic Cell Count) on each animal is mandatory, at least once a month. This checks are very useful, as they provide farmers and veterinarians working in milk quality with highly valuable information. How can you perform these tests and obtain this useful information for your client? It it is easy, we’ll give you all the details here!
Do you know why proper drying of the teats is so important before the milking unit is attached? So that the milking unit does not slip off the teats! Following with previous posts about milking routines, now we’ll focus on reviewing the unit attachment and alignment. Discover here how to achieve a perfect drying of the teats and a proper attachment of the units, reducing the risk of contagious mastitis in your dairy cows.
In this post we’ll talk about the importance of cleaning and disinfecting the udder before connecting the milking cluster to the animal. Do you know how important this is? This simple step plays a key role in prevention of mastitis in dairy cattle.