Calving time can create a peak of mastitis as cows come into the shed.
Calving time can create a peak of mastitis as cows come into the shed. It is primarily caused by environmental bacteria picked up during the dry period or when calving down - particularly in wet, muddy conditions.
These bacteria are often very responsive to short treatments, and a short milk withholding allows the cows back into the milking mob as soon as possible.
To help prevent mastitis and control somatic cell count in the early spring period, ensure that heifers and cows are milked as soon as possible after calving, and make sure your hygiene in the shed is up to scratch. It’s also good practice to check all cows with an RMT paddle when they are due to leave the colostrum mob. Treat any infected quarters and observe the milk withholding before cows enter the milking mob.
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