The owners of Dairy Dreams, a 1,500-cow facility in northeast Wisconsin, want their employees to follow established protocols. That’s why they developed a prescribed treatment plan for clinical-mastitis cases.

To find out which bug is causing the problem, the farm has its own mastitis-culturing lab. Most of the culturing work is done by the herdsman. Training the herdsman was facilitated through the use of the Minnesota Easy Culture System manual. The manual has color photographs showing what each of the mastitis organisms look like on culture plates.

The University of Minnesota Udder Health Laboratory, which publishes the manual, is now thinking about sponsoring online courses for training purposes. “We are pretty committed to doing something with it,” says lab director Russ Bey.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call the University of Minnesota Udder Health Laboratory at (612) 625-7053, or e-mail