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.
We’ve seen in previous post how the different tests to check vacuum can help you to prevent mastitis in dairy cows. However, before moving forward to other topics we will give you the few numbers to keep in mind in order to know if the test results are appropriate!
When it comes to bovine mastitis, the teat end acts as a “main-door” barrier that protects dairy farms from those pathogens causing bovine mastitis. Learn here how to evaluate the state of the primary protection against teat pathogens.
Checking your milking machine is crucial to prevent mastitis in cattle. Find here a few simple tips to check your vacuum and prevent mastitis in cattle infections: the West Test, Pulsation Rate vs Ratio, etc. A correct maintenance of the milking machine will achieve a gentle milking of your dairy cows.
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
The role of the milking machine is crucial to the prevention of mastitis in cattle. Find here a list of parameters to check during your visit to the “boot cleaning” place so you can prevent contagious mastitis in cattle.
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.
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.
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 its diagnostic.
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.
Owing to the fact that bovine mastitis is a multifactorial disease (like other diseases in any farming production), a holistic approach is needed in order to take every opportunity to prevent bovine mastitis.
The pathogens causing mastitis can be very different, and knowing your enemy is the best way to control it. In this post we will explain the difference between environmental and contagious mastitis.
Anatomy and physiology of the udder. To understand better the mastitis in cattle, the authors thought that a brief introduction of the udder physiology and anatomy is needed.