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 »

How good is your pre-milking teat prep?

Because mastitis pathogens are intermittently shed into the milk, single day bulk tank samples are not reliable indicators of the absence of contagious mastitis infections. However, research has shown when 3 or more consecutive daily bulk tank samples are taken and pooled for culturing, test results are dependable. FULL STORY »

Fly control fundamentals

Controlling flies is a critical element in preventing mastitis infections in heifers. University of Georgia researcher Steve Nickerson discusses the importance of fly control and offers management advice in a new technical white paper. FULL STORY »

Assessing risks for mastitis and antibiotic use in dairy herds

Measures to control mastitis are fairly well established and known, yet mastitis control is still weak on some farms. Assessing risks for mastitis can help identify where improvements can be made. FULL STORY »

Culture mastitis bugs to improve your treatment aim

Milk culture can be used as a tool to improve your knowledge of the bacteria causing mastitis on your farm. Learn about it at an upcoming workshop. FULL STORY »

Monitoring udder health on dairy farms

Effectively managing udder health on dairy farms requires a good record keeping system and routine monitoring of somatic cell count (SCC) data. FULL STORY »

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