Are you concerned that you are not getting enough successful outcomes from your treatments?
Do you regularly have to extend or change your treatment regimes?
What cure rates should you expect?
In this case, we are talking about cure rates for the treatment of clinical cases of mastitis.
Achieving a successful treatment outcome is dependant on many factors – some of these factors are under our control, some are not.
Some of the key factors that will influence the treatment outcome are –
- type of bacteria causing the infection
- severity of infection
- duration of infection prior to treatment
- previous infection history for that cow and that quarter
- choice of treatment(s)
- method of application of treatment(s)
- duration of treatment
- overall health of the cow & her immune system
Although you can reduce the overall incidence of some types of bacterial infections, once faced with a clinical case of mastitis, cure rates for different types of bacteria can vary dramatically.
For example, we can expect lower cure rates with Staph aureus infections, but we can expect quite high cure rates with Strep ag infections.
This shows the importance of milk cultures in determining the most likely cause of mastitis infections in a herd in order to make the best possible choice of initial treatment.
(The bonus is that knowing which bacteria are most likely to be causing mastitis is also the cornerstone for developing a plan to reduce the risk of future cases of mastitis.)
At Dairy Focus, we work with you to develop a knowledge base for your farm to cover as many of the key points listed above as is possible, and build a structured but adaptable treatment regime based on what is actually happening in your herd, then ensure your staff have a good decision pathway & treatment plan to follow.
We then regularly monitor treatment outcomes and adapt the basic treatment structure - if and when it is needed.