What’s your farm’s mastitis score?
Take this interactive quiz to learn where you need to focus your mastitis control efforts.
Zero in on SCC
Check out this archived Webinar that focuses on the science and control of somatic cell counts.
Fresh cow mastitis cases can have lasting impacts
A cow’s mastitis status on day three after calving can affect milk production later in lactation.
Get the basics on which organisms cause mastitis, where they lurk and how to best control them.
Help milkers monitor parlor performance
Use these tools to help parlor personnel better manage milk quality.
Tools for a faster mastitis diagnosis on the horizon
Research shows that PCR tests hold promise as a tool to complement traditional methods of mastitis diagnostics.
Energy balance of cows and mastitis: Potential linkages
Try these suggestions to reduce excessive body condition loss in early lactation and thereby reduce mastitis.
Celebrate 50 years with NMC
The National Mastitis Council marks a half-century of leadership in mastitis control and milk quality improvement at its annual meeting in January.
More on mammary immunity
Dairy cows undergo several physiological changes during the onset of lactation that can impact the magnitude and duration of mammary gland inflammatory responses.
Report shows snapshot of 2009 bulk tank somatic cell count data
USDA monitors milk quality in the U.S. using bulk tank milk somatic cell count data provided by four of the nation’s 10 Federal Milk Marketing Orders, which account for nearly half of the nation’s milk supply.
Improved mastitis management calls for adaptive plans
Cows and cases need to be treated on an individual basis.
Three reasons for on-farm milk culturing
Make better mastitis treatment decisions by implementing an on-farm milk culturing system. Here are three reasons you should consider this option.
Get a handle on heifer mastitis
Although it would be great if all first lactation heifers entered the milking string infection free, it cannot be assumed that this will ever be the case.
Mastitis affects more than milk quality
In addition to the economic loss from discarded milk, antibiotic treatment, decreased production and time spent managing treatment, mastitis also takes a toll on reproductive success.
Mitigating mastitis pain
Researchers are looking at measurable changes in cattle behavior to indicate pain associated with mastitis.
The immune system and mastitis
Poor cow health and high somatic cell counts often go hand-in-hand. The result is often mastitis, which is most likely related to stress on the immune system.
The pressure’s on to reduce the SCC limit
Access to export markets is leading the charge to change milk quality standards.
NMC regional meeting slated
Check out what’s on tap for the meeting Sept. 8-9 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Iron could lower somatic cell count
Study shows that SCC was reduced when cows were fed supplemental iron.
A vaccine for Strep. uberis gets closer
Researchers have discovered the components of the bovine mastitis-causing bacterium, Streptococcus uberis that play a key role in the disease.
Mastitis protection from the inside out
Here’s what researchers are looking into to boost your cow’s immunity to fight off mastitis, especially during the dry period.
Milk quality counts
You can’t afford not to invest time and effort into achieving a low bulk tank SCC.
DHI herds continue to improve somatic cell counts
Somatic cell count in Dairy Herd Improvement herds enrolled in SCC testing averaged 233,000 in 2009, which was considerably less than the 2008 average of 262,000.
Impact of mastitis and body condition score on dairy reproduction
Reproduction is affected by physiological, pathological and management factors.
Clinical mastitis treatment decision help
Use these hints to help improve your milk quality management.
Make milk quality simple
Follow these five basic concepts to improve milk quality on your dairy.
Prevent and control heifer mastitis
Most mastitis control programs focus on mature cows. But don’t forget about your heifers.
Timing and type of mastitis have an impact on conception
Clinical mastitis cases negatively affect conception if they occur within 14 days before to 35 days after insemination.
Mycoplasma can survive in recycled sand
Research published in the January Journal of Dairy Science indicates that this pathogen can lurk in recycled sand bedding.
Mastitis and reproduction correlation quantified
New research shows that mastitis lengthens days to first service, increases services per conception and infected cows take longer to conceive.
Milking maching maintenance must-do's
Use these recommendations to make sure your milking equipment is in tip-top shape.
Avoid milk and meat residues
USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) now publishes a list of all farms that have residue violations for meat, poultry and egg products.
A simple blood test may one day help determine if a cow is at risk for developing mastitis.