We all know that by the time we reach the point of needing to treat a disease, it is because something has gone wrong with disease prevention. In the case of bovine mastitis caused by coliforms, we have a wide variety of strategies and concrete actions to prevent it. Here is a list of the most effective ones!
Was the 5-Point Plan any useful for the dairy industry? Should we change any of these points? Why do we need an extended plan? We had the opportunity to talk about these issues with Thomas C. Hemling, a well-known expert in bovine mastitis prevention. With him, we surveyed the past, present and future trends in mastitis prevention plans.
In previous posts, we talked about the virulence mechanisms of the bacteria belonging to the coliform group. In this entry, we’ll try to explain why coliform mastitis often occurs to certain type of cows and what are the predisposing factors. Knowing this, the question remains of how bovine mastitis caused by this group of pathogens can be prevented.
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?
Bovine mastitis is certainly a worldwide problem affecting almost every dairy farm on earth, but what about the costs on every country? Are direct and indirect expenses of this disease similar worldwide, or are they different? Are farmers all over the world using the same prevention strategies? Renowned experts from many different countries share their experiences here.
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.
As explained in previous entries, immunization against the pathogens that cause bovine mastitis can be a reality, if we include vaccination in our mastitis control programmes. In this entry, we’d like to share with you some field experiences that proved beneficial effects of vaccination against mastitis in dairy cows. Find here also a brief classification of the types of vaccines that can be found in the market.
In this entry, we analyze which are the main beneficial effects that vaccination against mastitis in cattle can provide to your dairy farms. In previous posts, we stressed the importance of knowing which are the main pathogens associated with bovine mastitis and now we’ll focus on reviewing the list of actions and measures that can help us to control these pathogens.
Hope you have been able to recharge your batteries over the Christmas holidays so that you can continue learning about SCC counts in milk and how these helps you to prevent mastitis in dairy cows! In previous posts, we stressed the importance of understanding what somatic cells in milk are and how to interpret them at an individual level. It is now time for us to talk about what we can do at herd level.