Countdown has shown that every four clinical cases of mastitis are likely to cost you over $1000.

And if you are missing out on premium payments for your milk, the cost is even higher.

At Dairy Focus, mastitis and milk quality is our passion!  In fact, it is all we do.

If you have a mastitis problem, we can use the Dairy Focus Mastitis Control System to resolve it.

If you don't want a mastitis problem, we can use the Dairy Focus Mastitis Control System to prevent it.

At Dairy Focus we like to think about mastitis control in terms of five key mastitis risk areas that each need specific planning and actions to control.


Five key areas of mastitis risk

The Dairy Focus Mastitis Control System aims to make your farm "Low Risk" for mastitis in each of these five mastitis risk areas, and then keep it low risk.

Countdown has given us a great set of guidelines and tools. We apply all of the relevant principles and guidelines from Countdown combined with our extensive experience to each of these areas, and then work with you to develop a comprehensive plan for your farm.

Each of the key areas of mastitis risk is measured and monitored by our set of unique and ground-breaking Dairy Focus tools to help you manage these key mastitis risk areas on your farm.

Mastitis is a complex issue, and Dairy Focus provides you with the system and the skills needed from experienced advisers with a proven track record.

With a tailored strategy for all five risk areas, each of which is constantly measured, reviewed and updated, you will always be on top of the game.

The Dairy Focus Mastitis Control System is a comprehensive program of mastitis control that is adaptable to every farm, and can provide everything you need for mastitis control -

  • A complete package of mastitis control covering all five key risk areas outlined above
  • Plans and progress are constantly measured, reviewed and updated by the Dairy Focus Mastitis Diary
  • Regular discussions with your Dairy Focus advisors to update and review recommendations
  • Regular reviews and summary reports including Countdown Mastitis Focus Reports where available
  • An emphasis on control and prevention rather than just treatment
  • Tailored treatment protocols for both drying-off and for clinical cases of mastitis
  • Ongoing backup and support from Australia’s leading mastitis advisers


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 and problems needing attention.

The process begins by collecting 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.

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), plus an initial assessment of environmental factors.

In discussion with you, an initial plan of action specifically tailored plan for your farm is developed. You will receive a written report detailing the findings and recommendations resulting from those discussions.

The outcome for you is a clear understanding of where your mastitis risks lie, and the pathway ahead to either further define those risks, and how to deal with them.


Step 2 – Problem solving

Depending on the outcome of the initial visit and the severity of the findings, it is often necessary for a farm to begin a problem solving exercise to deal with significant identified mastitis risks, prior to entering into the ongoing system.

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


Step 3 – Ongoing strategic control program

Once any major issues have been dealt with, the ongoing strategic mastitis control system is designed to ensure the farm continues towards achieving a “Low Risk” rating for mastitis and then to make 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 access to your Dairy Focus advisers, with regular discussions to review progress and update the current mastitis plan.
  • Regular 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.

For more information about the Dairy Focus Mastitis Control System, contact the Dairy Focus office on (03) 58590706 or by email here.

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