Deolinda Silva is a vet who has been a board member of the Portuguese Udder Health Council -Conselho Português de Saúde do Úbere- for over 4 years. She combines this activity with her professional life in Technical Services in the Ruminants area at HIPRA. We asked her some questions about what prompted her to create this association with other vets.
Mastitis is the most costly disease. As vets, we are aware of this, right? And we are prepared to diagnose, treat and prevent diseases… However, when it comes to our clients -who are becoming more and more professional- they tend to prioritize the profits of their business and to focus on costs reduction. Find here several indicators and online tools to help you calculate the real loss of bovine mastitis and to show farmers that prevention strategies can stop them from losing money!
Mastitis in dairy cows is evolving, and therefore prevention and control strategies have to change as well. In a world in which we have to be more and more fastidious as regards the quality of milk on our farms, Dr. Mato uses here an educational approach to explain how exactly mastitis in dairy cows has evolved in the last decade.
Cheese-producing dairy farm “TAMBO QUESERÍA” is located in the departament of Soriano (Uruguay) in the Santa Catalina area that today is milking 79 cows and has been doing the same for 45 years. They started with 10 cows and currently milk up to a maximum of 120.
During our trip around the world looking for real experiences with bovine mastitis and with the people involved in the fight against this disease, we arrive to Portugal. There, we speak with Adelaide Pereira, João Pacheco and João Sousa, 3 local vets from SEGALAB who explain us the problems they face in their daily work and which solutions help them to improve the situation on the farms.
Over the last 15 years, the dairy industry has undergone many changes that have moved the industry towards greater industrialisation. To analyse these and future changes, we interviewed James Husband, a recognised milk quality advisor, to discover the keys to adapting farms to these changes and not to die trying.
One of the most amazing families of pathogens that can cause bovine mastitis are the NAS’s (non-aureus staphylococci). Often called “opportunistic microorganisms”, they live in areas where it is easy to penetrate the tissue. Find out more about these bacteria so you can keep your farm free from mastitis infections.
Can a vaccine against bovine mastitis reduce the Somatic Cell count in milk? What are the main problems associated with bovine mastitis that a farmer has to cope with? Is vaccination a solution to mastitis? We are visiting different countries to hear the views of veterinarians and farmers on vaccination against bovine mastitis. What has been their experience?
Is vaccination against mastitis a useful and profitable tool? What are the concrete benefits that it brings to farms? We are visiting different countries to hear the views of veterinarians and farmers on vaccination against bovine mastitis. What has been their experience?
We’ve already explained in previous posts how the cow’s immune system reacts to bovine mastitis infections and the range of vaccination options available in the market. We know that every disease affects the udder differently, and in this entry we will examine the coliform group of pathogens in detail.