Maintaining a High Level of Udder Health is Critical for High Quality Milk Production
Improving and maintaining a high level of udder health is critical for high quality milk productions; healthy udders decrease somatic cell counts.
Mastitis treatment and control is one of the largest costs to the dairy industry and is also a significant factor in dairy cow welfare. Losses are incurred both with subclinical and clinical manifestations of mastitis – losses occur due to:
Cost of replacements when animals are culled because of udder health
Preventing and treating mastitis accounts for the majority of antibiotic use on dairy farms. As consumers of milk and milk products become increasingly interested about how these products are produced – they are demanding wholesome, nutritious, safe milk and dairy products, produced by healthy cows.
Pre-milk teat preparations aim to remove bacteria and other contaminants particularly the pathogens which can cause environmental mastitis and therefore aim to control Somatic Cell Counts. Removal of contamination helps overall milk quality.
At Cotswold Dairy we provide a number of teat sprayer options for both the pre and post spraying of cows aimed at helping to reduce bacterial numbers on teat skin, it is a very effective way to control the spread of mastitis and maintain the condition of the teat skin.