The new line on your milk check — spore counts

The dairy industry has a big challenge ahead. Our milk is too safe, our cows too clean, and our product gets to the store too fast. FULL STORY »

Profit tips: Parlor efficiency starts in freestalls, holding pen

Milking parlor efficiency starts long before the cows enter the parlor, according to Tom Lorenzen, Alltech on-farm support technician. Every dairy farmer needs to “stop, look and listen” to their cows. FULL STORY »

Study: Mastitis treatment methods need some work

Farmers and veterinarians should work together to create better protocols, concluded the study. 22 cows on 8 of the 51 studied farms were involved in extra-label treatments in conflict with U.S. regulations. FULL STORY »

National Mastitis Council Annual Meeting set for Feb. 1-3, 2015

Milk quality professionals to gather in Memphis, Tenn. FULL STORY »

Using Bacterial Counts as a Tool for Trouble-shooting Problems

Several microbiological parameters are used to screen for the overall quality of milk. These analyses are associated with milk quality. They also can provide direction for trouble-shooting sanitation and procedural issues on the farm. FULL STORY »

CNS mastitis – what is it anyway?

Coagulase-Negative Staphs (CNS) may be the leading cause of subclinical mastitis and yet it has been a mystery. A recently published study sheds some light. FULL STORY »

Survey reveals parlor practices that successfully manage mastitis

The survey of mastitis practices reminds us that those who achieve the greatest success have some common characteristics – including attitudes and actions – that keep everyone doing what is best for the cow to fight this costly disease. FULL STORY »

Chronic mastitic quarters need to be dried off

Dairy farmers must often deal with high-producing cows that are chronically infected in an udder quarter that does not respond to antibiotic therapy. Such quarters contribute to elevated somatic cell counts (SCC) and bacteria counts in herd milk, and serve as reservoirs for infecting other cows. However, these quarters can be dried off and converted to a nonfunctional state without harming adjacent quarters. Production of high quality milk with low SCC yields a premium from many milk plants and dairy cooperatives. Thus, dairy farmers should make every effort to reduce the SCC of herd milk to the lowest possible level. FULL STORY »

Milking 101: Teach the ‘why’

Do we take the time to effectively train the employees who we entrust with milking and handling our cows every day? FULL STORY »

Milk quality experts gather for NMC Annual meeting

More than 420 milk quality, mastitis and udder health researchers, dairy producers and dairy industry partners attended the National Mastitis Council (NMC) 53rd Annual Meeting held Jan. 26-28, in Fort Worth, Texas. FULL STORY »

Heifer mastitis: Prevention is key

Prevention of mastitis requires reducing exposure to mastitis pathogens and enhancing the ability of the heifers’ immune system to respond. FULL STORY »

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