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.
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…
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.
In previous posts, we talked about the benefits of using Somatic Cell Count tests in milk (SCCs) instead of using other tests such as the California Mastitis ones (CMTs). But exactly what kind of information do these tests provide us about the infection dynamics? And how exactly can this help you to monitor mastitis in dairy cows? Here are all the answers!
Most dairy vets need to deal with their clients’ milk tests going on for months. Processing such an enormous amount of data can be confusing. In this post you’ll find some basic guidelines to help you evaluate the infection dynamics on your clients’ farms and assess and monitor the risk of mastitis in cattle based on the Somatic Cell Count.
Somatic Cell Count (SCC) and California Mastitis Tests (CMT) are two of the most widely used tools for controlling mastitis in cattle, as they help you to identify the infection status of a cow at an individual level. In this post we’ll carry out an in-depth analysis of these two methods, identifying the benefits and limitations of each method so you can decide which one suits you best!
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.
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.