CONTROLLING MASTITIS IN THE HERD

The amount of mastitis in the herd at any one time depends on the number of new cases of mastitis (this determines how quickly the infected group grows) and how long the cases of mastitis last (this determines the rate at which the infected group gets smaller).

The prevention of new infections is always the most economical approach to mastitis. The preventive measures as listed in the diagram on the below are vital to maintaining milk quality and udder health.

Once the cows are infected, however, the duration of infection is reduced by treatment or culling. The effective and timely treatment of mastitis is vital to minimise the impact on your business.

There are many risk factors for mastitis
Cow factors:
  • Previous history of mastitis
  • Age of cow
  • Leaking milk
  • Milking speed
  • Poor udder conformation.
Management factors:
  • Mastitis treatment technique
  • Dry Cow Therapy (DCT) use
  • Teat spraying/teat care
  • Management of mastitis mob
  • Nutrition and mineral supplementation
  • Milking speed and technique
  • Milking machine set-up and maintenance.