Prevention & Treatment of Mastitis in Cattle
Do you have more than 40 cases of mastitis per 100 cows per year? Whether you do or don’t, it is still vitally important to measure it, monitor the causes and keep on top of it.
There are a range of different bacteria which can cause mastitis and in order to know the best way to target the problem, it is important to know what the major bugs are that are causing the problems. Are they environmental? Or Infectious? Or both? This information can help to understand whether the problem can be reduced through environmental hygiene or through practices in the milking parlour.
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If mastitis remains high despite high levels of hygiene in the environment and best prectices being followed in the milking parlour, it may be possible that the cows immunity could be compromised. This can happen for a number of reasons, however two to consider are mycotoxins in feed causing a problem and also trace element or vitamin deficiency.
Mastitis - E. coli and S. uberis were the most common isolates from milk samples this month followed by Candida krusei, S. dysgalactiae and S. aureus and single cases of Bacillus cereus, Corynebacterium propinquum, A. pyogenes and coagulase negative staphylococcal species. In one case seven milk samples were submitted to investigate subclinical mastitis and an increase in somatic cell counts and five different organisms were isolated including Candida krusei, S. aureus, S. uberis, S. dysgalactiae and A. pyogenes.