With the British summer weather being predictably unpredictable, one thing is certain; careful inspection and management of stock while out at grass is vital. This is particularly relevant for groups that are not necessarily being routinely handled, gathered or milked on a daily basis. In other words, your DRY COWS and HEIFERS. One significant disease which rears its ugly head at this time of year is Summer Mastitis.
Spread by flies, it is an acute severe mastitis affecting the non-lactating mammary gland. The causative agent is the bacterium Trueperella pyogenes. Very few quarters will recover, and the aim of treatment is to save the cow.
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