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 »

Registration open for National Mastitis Council meeting

The registration deadline for the National Mastitis Council Regional Meeting, July 23-24, is fast approaching. FULL STORY »

The virtues of sand

Sand has been called the gold standard of bedding materials for dairy cows. A new podcast from Purdue Extension discusses why sand makes such an exceptional lying surface for cows. FULL STORY »

Strategies to stamp out stable flies

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are developing improved methods to locate stable fly habitats, finding easier and more efficient ways to control them. FULL STORY »

NMC regional meeting in July

The National Mastitis Council will host a regional meeting in Portland, Maine. Mark your calendars for the two-day event, to be held July 23-24. FULL STORY »

Building a better “fly swatter” based on science

We’ve all heard the old saying, “You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” But that’s part of the problem where these germ-spreading pests are concerned. FULL STORY »

Do your homework before investing in precision dairy farming

Many precision dairy farming technologies exist. A new fact sheet provides questions to think about before you make the investment. FULL STORY »

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