A true representation of the level of mastitis incidence and cure rates is dependent on good accuracy and consistency of records.
A true representation of the level of mastitis incidence and cure rates is dependent on good accuracy and consistency of records. And, while there are legal implications as well as farm assurance stipulations for recording veterinary medicine treatments, they may not be detailed enough for analytical purposes.
For this information to be of use in comparative purposes, it is important that common recording standards are used, and as with any method of comparative analysis between different farms and herds, an appreciation of why differences occur is paramount in making effective use of the information.
The increased importance of treating subclinical mastitis and high Somatic Cell Counts (SCCs) in the herd due to an appreciation of new legislation and milk buyer requirements means that dairy farmers need to target all routes of mastitis infection.
Records are useful as basis for decision-making. This can include which cows to treat, which to cull, which cows' milk should be withheld from the bulk tank and which cows to group into a high SCC group.
The information recorded about clinical cases should include
- Cow identity
- The quarter(s) affected
- Details of clinical symptoms, including the dates observed
- All treatment details, including dates of administration and the number of antibiotic tubes used.
Template recording sheet specifically for clinical and subclinical mastitis originating from the dry period ie occurring in the first 30 days of lactation.