Iván Mato has told us previously what we might find as regards mastitis, types, classification… Now we are going to go a step further to see how the actions that we have taken have changed the prevalence of the principal causative agents of mastitis and how year after year we have had to adapt our strategies in order to obtain the best milk quality from our farms.
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.
Oriol Franquesa is a veterinarian specialising in milk quality who has been advising dairy farms for many years all around the world. We asked Dr. Franquesa to help us understand how milk quality has evolved over the last 10 years, since the launch of the first vaccine against bovine mastitis registered by the EMA.
This year, the Inel d’Or awards (one of the most prestigious prizes in animal husbandry in France) recognised 8 projects as the most innovative ones in the industry. One of these awards went to HIPRA’s new vaccine against mastitis strep. uberis. For this reason, we spoke with HIPRA’s Technical & Marketing Manager for Ruminants in France so she can explain us why this new vaccine against mastitis in dairy cows is such an innovation in the industry
Sofie Piepers has been kind enough to look back over 10 years of mastitis prevention with us. Here is a small sample of her perspective during those 10 years.
During the last edition of the EBF (Eurpean Buiatrics Forum 2019) different examples of the ROI (return on investment) that a dairy farm can expect when implementing preventive measures against bovine mastitis were shared. In particular, results of vaccination were one of the most surprising ones, as one of the farms was able to achieve a saving of more than € 6,800 after vaccination.
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.
Here are the results obtained in a typical dairy farm (which was dealing with the typical problems regarding mastitis in cattle) after implementing a vaccination plan… The owner of the farm decided to try a mastitis vaccine after noticing about the enormous amount of money that mastitis in cattle implies. He started vaccinating one group of animals and asked his veterinarians to calculate the return on the investment. Results showed remarkable reduction in SCC, in the severity of both clinical and subclinical cases and in the costs associated to antibiotics.
Here is the interview with Mr. Peter Edmondson (owner of the company Udderwise), in which he reviewed the major changes that he has seen in the control of mastitis and the prevalence of the pathogens that cause it, since he started to dedicate himself to udder health.