Contents tagged with Mastitis

18 February 2021

In addition to minimising the challenge of infection from the environment, improving the cow’s natural defences will play a part in mastitis control.

18 February 2021

Environmental mastitis is usually the result of infections picked up outside the milking parlour, but infections can be spread during milking.

18 February 2021

Good stockmanship is key to moving cows quickly and quietly around the farm. It is also key to reducing and controlling environmental mastitis.

18 February 2021

Good stockmanship to move cows around the farm as well as cow handling in the parlour are essential to ensure environmental bacteria do not enter the udder via the teat canal.

18 February 2021

Time at pasture poses a considerable risk for clinical mastitis and increased somatic cell counts for many dairy herds, due to exposure to different bacterial pathogens and variable environmental conditions. Our top tips will help you manage the risk of mastitis in the contamination hotspots.

8 June 2021

The risk of mastitis infections from the environment in lactation is higher in loose yards than when cows are housed in cubicles. To control environmental sources of mastitis, it is important to maintain low levels of bacteria near the teats and teat ends.

19 February 2021

Well-managed cubicles give a lower incidence of mastitis infections in lactation compared with loose yard systems, in general, but cubicles must be appropriate to the size of the cows in the herd.

8 June 2021

When cows lie down, teats and teat ends will come into close contact with the bacteria in the bedding. Our top tips for bedding compare the different bedding types and advise how best to store them.

19 February 2021

Housing designed with the cow in mind is important, to reduce environmental risks for mastitis. Fundamental issues with building design, ventilation and stocking rate can often mean new infection rates remain high, particularly in higher-yielding herds.

18 February 2021

The best way to control environmental mastitis is to minimise the number of bacteria that can cause mastitis at the teat end. It is important to keep cows clean and dry because infection can happen at any time between and during milkings.

18 February 2021

The risk of infection from the environment is likely to be lower if the cow and her environment are clean. Our cleanliness checks can help you measure how much muck and dirt is on different body parts.

19 February 2021

Environmental mastitis is caused by bacteria picked up from the environment, rather than bacteria spread from other infected cows.

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