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.
The milking routine has to be systematic, consistent and always the same in order to facilitate the work of the milkers and to achieve the maximum welfare of the animals, and minimise the risk of mastitis in dairy cows. In this post we will be talking about the sequence of one of the most important operations for the correct stimulation of the milk let-down.
An efficient milking routine should not only focus on reducing the total milking time, but also on producing high quality milk, and this involves reducing the risk of bovine mastitis.
Pay attention to Andrew Biggs’s advices about controlling the most frustrating bovine mastitis, all summarized in 5 simple steps. Mr. Biggs also shares with us here his perspective of the future in Strep. uberis mastitis control.