Writing treatment plans for clinical mastitis isn’t easy. That’s because mastitis can be caused by a variety of bacteria, each bacterium may cause a gradient of severities of symptoms, and each animal varies in age, stage of lactation and past clinical and sub-clinical medical histories, explain mastitis researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In addition, new medicines enter the market, new technologies get introduced, and you often need to adjust your strategy because of changes in facilities, environment, or individual pathogen levels.

Because of this complexity, you need a stable plan that leads to a treatment decision, yet still allows for change. A good plan should include:

  • A routine detection plan.
  • An established examination protocol.
  • A formal recordkeeping plan.
  • An assurance for food safety when animals return to regular milking strings.

  Mastitis-treatment plans need to be constant, yet flexible, for success. Be sure that your plan fits these criteria.