Are your cell counts too high?  Perhaps you are not getting premium milk payments?

Are you having too many clinical cases of mastitis?

 

Mastitis investigations

Mastitis problems are frequently complex, and often the previously attempted solutions have failed to make an impact - in fact, farmers often become frustrated at the feeling of "nothing seems to work!".

It is rare for a mastitis problem to either have been caused, or to be solved, as a result of one single factor. Nearly always, multiple factors will need to be both identified and addressed in order to provide a solution.

The highly experienced mastitis advisers at Dairy Focus use a systematic, comprehensive approach to ensure evrything is covered, and nothing is missed.

The Dairy Focus Mastitis Control System is designed to deal with mastitis problems in all dairy systems, and every case is overseen by Dr. Rod Dyson - one of Australia's most experienced mastitis professionals.

There are three basic steps to implement the system on your farm :

 

Step 1 – Initial visit & setup

A comprehensive assessment of the current mastitis situation on the farm to define the risk areas, the issues needing attention, and to develop an initial plan of action.

  • Collect all the available mastitis records and data for the farm - we have developed a system to capture as much data as possible electronically, minimising the workload for you.
  • Milk cultures are critically important to understand a farm's mastitis situation, so if recent milk cultures are not available, we will help you to obtain a good set of culture results from the right cows.
  • A comprehensive assessment and analysis of the situation on your farm - the initial visit to the farm includes a full Dairy Focus Mastitis Risk Assessment of your dairy (including milking time testing of your milking machines, teat scoring and an assessment of the milking routine) - to ensure all five key areas of mastitis risk are assessed, and todefine the key issues that need to be resolved.
  • In discussion with you, an initial "do-able" plan of action specifically tailored for your farm is developed.
  • You get a written report detailing the findings, the recommendations and the plan of action resulting from those discussions.

The outcome for you is a clear understanding of where your mastitis risks lie, and the pathway ahead to deal with them. In other words, you know where you are going and what you have to do!

 

Step 2 – Implementation & Problem solving

This is commonly a process of making the recommended changes and then re-assessing the outcomes of those changes.

As an example, where teat end condition is found to be poor and contributing to a high risk of mastitis, a re-assessment can be done 3 to 4 weeks after the implementation of the required changes - because that is how long it will take for most of the teat ends to have healed.

Different issues will have different timeframes, and depending on the issues found and the severity of the problems, there may be several cycles of changes and re-assessments.

 

Step 3 – Ongoing strategic control program

Once the major issues have been dealt with, you have the option of entering into the ongoing strategic mastitis control system which is designed to ensure the farm continues towards achieving a “Low Risk” rating for mastitis and then makes sure it remains that way.

The value of your farm being "Low Risk" for mastitis is probably best described by example - in the recent wet, muddy weather all of our clients who had achieved a "Low Risk" status noticed little or no difference in their cell counts and incidence of clinical cases, despite the severe conditions.

And they are very happy about that!!

Key features of the ongoing strategic control program are:

  • A plan for each of the five key risk areas specifically tailored to your farm.
  • The Dairy Focus Mastitis Diary will continually monitor your key mastitis measures - Bulk Milk Cell Count, clinical case rates at calving and during lactation and spread of infection - nearly all of which is done electronically, with little or no workload for you.
  • The Mastitis Diary also makes sure that key mastitis events such as liner changes, machine tests and programmed visits all occur on time, every time.
  • Direct mobile phone access to your Dairy Focus advisers, including at least one monthly interaction to review progress and update the current mastitis situation
  • Quarterly reviews and reports of progress.
  • A program of routine activites and visits that you decide on, to review, re-assess and re-plan in each of the five key areas is planned 12 months ahead, so you know exactly what will happen, when it will happen, and what it will cost.

 

 

Outcomes

Dairy Focus is highly committed to achieving successful outcomes.

We stand on our record and we make every effort to work with you and gain a successful outcome - after all, our reputation depends on it!

For more information about solving mastitis problems and the Dairy Focus Mastitis Control System, contact the Dairy Focus office on (03) 58590706.

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