We have now scored nearly 100 dairy sheds around Australia using the Dairy Focus Mastitis Risk Assessment,
The results show the key factors most commonly associated with increased risk of mastitis in our herds.
We have summarised these findings in a newsletter - Managing Mastitis Risk in Lactation - The Dairy.
The recent wet weather and mud has seen many farms experience severe environmental issues and often significantly higher levels of mastitis and cell counts.
Yet dairies that had achieved a "Low Risk" for mastitis status fared significantly better - they have commonly negotiated the wet, muddy weather with little or no impact on cell counts and clinical mastitis.
Mapping these herds’ Overall Mastitis Risk Score against Bulk Milk Cell Count (BMCC) clearly shows the BMCC following the risk score down.
The lessons are clear –
- Most dairies can make significant improvements to lower their mastitis risk – even dairies that already have low cell counts often still have significant mastitis risks
- It is difficult to “self assess” what is happening in your own dairy – trained professionals pick up things that are easily missed
- It is not easy to be “Low Risk” for mastitis in the dairy, but it is achievable, and the results are really worthwhile
A description of the most common and most significant mastitis risk factors found in our survey is summarised in our newsletter - Managing Mastitis in Lactation - The Dairy.
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