Dairy cows: Controlling heifer mastitis
Heifer mastitis has a significant impact on long-term udder health and milk yield. Find out more about the disease and how it impacts your herd and costs.
Understanding why and how to control mastitis infections in heifers
Udder infections can be picked up from the environment or transmitted from one heifer or cow to another. Heifer mastitis before or after calving, or during the first lactation, significantly affects udder health and lifetime milk yield. There’s also an associated culling risk – particularly in cases involving major pathogens.
This impact on your profitability, as well as on the welfare of your animals, means that it’s critical to prevent and manage mastitis in your herd. In these pages, we explain how mastitis affects your costs, look at the bacteria involved in different types of mastitis, and take you through strategies for managing, treating and preventing mastitis infections in your heifers.
For more information, find out about our QuarterPro programme, visit the Dairy Mastitis Control Plan and use our Mastitis Pattern Analysis Tool (MPAT) for a simple, automated way of understanding transmission patterns and heifer management issues in your herd.
Evaluating heifer mastitis and its costs
Mastitis treatment and control is one of the largest costs to the UK dairy industry, and it’s also a significant factor in heifer welfare. Read our advice on understanding the impact of mastitis on your heifer herd and profitability.
Mastitis infections occur as a result of pathogens, disease-causing bacteria that infect the udder. Find out about the different pathogens responsible for different types of mastitis, such as summer mastitis.
Clinical and subclinical mastitis
Learn what to look out for when monitoring mastitis in your heifers, including how to spot summer mastitis and how to reduce the risk of coagulase-negative staphylococci (CNS) infections.
Reducing the risk of mastitis
Find out treatment options for mastitis in heifers, as well as discovering strategies for managing and preventing infections in your herd through effective environment management and optimised husbandry.
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