DHM How To: Identify Cows With Mastitis

Diagnosis A Cow With Mastitis
Cows with mastitis need to be treated according to the pathogen causing the problem. ( Mike Opperman )

In order to identify a cow with mastitis your milkers need to know what mastitis looks like and the protocols necessary to get the cow started toward a treatment plan. Record keeping is also critical to know if a cow is a chronic offender or just a one-time customer.

In the next-to-last edition of this milk quality series, Dr. Jill Brester, herd veterinarian at Green Meadows Dairy, explains the process she goes through with the dairy's milking staff to identify mastitic cows and get them entered into a pathogen identification protocol. She also explains the importance of record keeping to achieve progress across the herd in terms of milk quality.