According to experts, the highest risk period for heifers to be exposed to mastitis-causing bacteria is after puberty when glands start to develop and produce secretions, which support bacterial growth. Therefore, make sure that your facilities and management don’t contribute to potential problems.

To make sure your practices are in order, follow the recommendations in the latest issue of Bovine Veterinarian. You can find it online at the Dairy Herd Management Web site. Use this link: http://www.dairyherd.com/special_reports.asp?pgID=295&ed_id=4869