March Mastitis Management
Erica Sayles | March 12, 2021
Mastitis is something any dairy farmer is bound to deal with at some point. What sets them apart is how often they are facing it and at what stage they are treating it. Since it is an infectious disease with several driving bacteria types, it is really important to stay ahead of the bacteria making a full-time stay in your herd.
Mastitis can be contagious and spread at milking, or it can be environmental. You may also have chronic cows in your herd; signs of acute mastitis from time to time, periodic clots, regularly high somatic cell counts (SCC). A mindset switch is needed to say cows that test with elevated SCC are not just a cow with high SCC, she is a cow, with an udder, battling an infection.