Reduce exposure

To lower the incidence of subclinical mastitis, you must expose the teat to the least amount of germs possible during the dry period. For more information on how to reduce a cow’s exposure to mastitis pathogens, click on these articles:

Milk quality: Combat the “mastitis triangle”

Coliform mastitis: Immunology, epidemiology & economics

Mycoplasma mastitis: Prevention and control

Environmental mastitis

Lower your SCC with cleaner cows 

Increase resistance

Several tools are available to help you build a dry cow’s resistance to mastitis. Select from this collection of articles from the Dairy Herd Management editorial archives.

Evaluate teat health at dry off

Dry cow teat end closure critical

New tools improve mastitis prevention in dry period

Plug the hole in your mastitis prevention program

Internal teat sealants

On-farm study: Teat sealants can go it alone

Milk quality: How to use coliform mastitis vaccines properly

Don’t skip the dry-cow therapy

A good reminder about dry-cow therapy 

Factors that affect dry-cow treatment success

Warm dry-cow tubes

More milk at dry-off increases mastitis at calving

Pizza and udder health

Mastitis and immunology

Copper plays role in udder health

Call a Staph meeting

Fighting Strep uberis mastitis