Here’s the story of a typical dairy farm that is dealing with the typical bovine mastitis problems, having all values within the normal range… Until one day, the owner decides to quantify the costs that bovine mastitis represents. Noticing about the enormous amount of money he’s loosing, he decides to try a vaccine in one group of animals and asks his veterinarians to calculate the return on the investment…
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.
Do you know whether you have NAS’s (Non-aureus Staphylococci) on your farm? Not yet? Remember that the better you know your enemy, the better equipped you will be to fight it, and the first step is to find out what is preventing you from achieving your targets in terms of milk quality and control of bovine mastitis. Here, we have made a few notes for you on the diagnosis and treatment of non-aureus staphylococci.
We have been speaking about the milk industry development and other topics with Tom Greenham, Director at Advance Milking. During the interview, Dr. Greenham described the key factors which have made this change possible, what the industry is like today and the challenges that will face everyone involved in the coming years.
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.
When most veterinarians receive the culture results of their milk samples, they often see that NAS’s result (Non-aureus Staphylococci) has come back positive. They tend to dismiss this positive result as something normal, but maybe they take it too lightly… The more we know about this family, the more confident we will be when it comes to interpreting results of our samples and being able to decide whether the consequences of an infection with this family of bacteria is a risk we want to take…
Is vaccination against mastitis in cattle an easy tool to introduce on to our farms? What are the specific benefits that it brings? We are visiting different countries to hear the views of veterinarians and farmers on vaccination against bovine mastitis. What has been the experience in Mexico?
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?