We significantly reduced somatic cell count (SCC), cases of mastitis and the use of antibiotic treatments, in a year, on a farm in Russia.

In collaboration with MSD Animal Health

Why does it matter?

Mastitis is a prevalent and painful disease. Implementing specific measures in the barn, the ration and milking parlour can prevent incidences of mastitis and improve milk production and quality.

How did we solve this?

After assessing the situation on-farm, we developed a specific action plan with preventive solutions, including introducing better milking hygiene and techniques, while focussing on specific treatment of chronic cases. Some examples of measures implemented on farms were: installing an electronic vacuum level and introducing disinfecting the cluster after each milking. After 1,5 years, the SCC fell from 265.000 to 130.000 and incidences of clinical mastitis decreased by roughly 3%. The number of monthly antibiotic treatments also declined from 235 to 190, showing a clear reduction of antibiotic usage. Overall, the milk production increased from 8.500 to 9.110kg FPCM/cow/year.

Opportunities for other farms?

Mastitis is a challenge for farms worldwide. Any dairy farm can replicate these preventive solutions to reduce incidences of mastitis on farm.

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