Prevention and control of Mastitis

Prevention and control of mastitis, both clinical and subclinical, is an important element in improving dairy farm productivity, health and welfare.

We can help by:

  • Culturing selected individual milk samples to investigate the cause of the mastitis or elevated cell counts
  • Culturing of bulk milk samples to get a view of the infection at herd level
  • Accessing NMR/farm records and using Interherd+ to help recognise patterns of disease
  • Teat scoring
  • Advice on suitability of buildings used for housing livestock eg ventilation requirements, stocking rates etc

Mastitis investigations

Bill Pepper is a trained AHDB Dairy Mastitis Control Plan deliverer. Analysis of mastitis and cell count data, laboratory investigations, on farm observations and information gathering will establish the underlying causes of mastitis problems on problem farms.

All information is collated to provide a farm-specific set of practical recommendations.