Mastitis is a wide-ranging disease that all dairy farmers will experience at some point. Here at the vets, questions around mastitis control and treatment are one of the most commonly asked. The national target level for clinical mastitis is <30 cases per 100 cows per year but levels vary hugely from farm to farm. Some farms are as low as 5-10 cases per 100 cows and some farms have levels exceeding 200 cases per 100 cows! When you consider the average case of mastitis costs between £250 and £300 you can see how getting a handle on mastitis can be the difference between making money and going out of business. The cost to a farm with 250 cows and a mastitis rate of 50 cases per 100 cows per year is estimated to be £31250 a year!
In this month's newsletter we take a closer look at this and also provide the latest update potential changes to TB testing.