• More trouble - but is it new, or old trouble?

    Dirt and mud on feed pad

    I should have been expecting the phone to drop out, but it still came as a surprise when it did!

    It drops out every time we approach Cape Clear, a small community midway between Ballarat and Lismore in the Western District.

    Unfortunately, I was mid-sentence on the phone to Paul when it happened.

    You may remember Paul from a couple of months ago – his was the large farm where Staph aureus (Staph) had been causing cell count and mastitis issues.

  • Trouble, but what sort of trouble?

    Culture Results

    Paul milks about 600 cows through a large herringbone dairy in Northern Victoria.

    The farm’s Bulk Milk Cell Count (BMCC) and number of clinical cases of mastitis had been climbing steadily throughout the wet winter and spring, and it was failing to respond to everything the farm team had tried.

    In our initial discussion with Paul, one sentence described the level of frustration and exhaustion for everyone on the farm – “We have hit the wall!!!”

  • When frustration sets in!

    Leon's cell count chart

    “I culled the 10 highest cell count cows and the cell count didn’t change – not at all!”

    Leon* was frustrated – very frustrated!

    He milks about 300 cows in Northern Victoria with a spring/autumn split calving system, and I could hear the frustration in his voice.

    Leon supplies a processor where the premium payment threshold for Bulk Milk Cell Count (BMCC) is 250,000 cells/ml. The farm has been constantly in and out of premium band for a couple of years now, and nothing he has done has solved the problem.

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