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.
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!
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.
Everybody knows that to get milk from dairy cattle, the cow has to be milked. Use of milking machines is the easy way to rapidly and efficiently remove the milk without damage to the teat or gland and with minimal risk of the transmission of pathogenic microorganisms that might cause mastitis in cattle.
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.