How to approach mastitis control? A recent Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) webinar shed some light on reducing mastitis during the dry period particularly.
During the webinar James Breen from the University of Nottingham highlighted some tips on how to deal with mastitis – from somatic cell count (SCC) monitoring to the source of the mastitis infection. He pointed out that going from a one-size-fits-all approach to a herd-specific strategy is much more beneficial to farmers. Here are 7 points he emphasised:
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Is it a pattern of contagious mastitis?
Are they dry period infections?
But the main focus should be where the new infections are and where they come from. Breen stresses that the question that arises in the event of mastitis infection should be less about how to treat it and more about what the infection rate has been over the last weeks. This is an important factor in establishing the new infections in order to slow down spread and have fewer chronic cases.
So it is important to uncover the source.
How many other cows have been infected in the last three months?
At what point did they move above 200,000 cells/ml?
Is there a seasonal pattern – does it always happen at this time of year?