dairy producers should follow the Five Point Plan
teat management - combined with sound housing management
treatment of clinical mastitis
chronically affected cows
maintenance of the milking machine
In addition, it is
a requirement of the Dairy Products (Hygiene) Regulations 1995
that the foremilk is examined and discarded. Foremilking is considered
the best means of detecting the early signs of mastitis and allows
for the stimulus for milk let down.
is more likely to occur when cows are housed when there is greater
exposure to faecal contamination. Pre-milking dipping with an
approved disinfectant may be beneficial.
conditions predispose to mastitis and there is evidence that loose
housing in straw yards results in a higher incidence of mastitis
than housing in cubicle yards. However, there are good and bad
examples of both types of housing: much depends on stockmanship
and management. Whatever system is used, cleanliness is a most
important factor and plays a significant part in controlling mastitis.
- All dairy producers
should adhere to the NIRD/CVL Five Point Plan which, together
with good stockmanship, will help control mastitis infection.
- Mastitis control
should be part of herd health monitoring with targets set for
- Monitoring and
recording of antibiotic tube usage should be an integral part
of herd monitoring and should include tubes used per herd and
per individual cow.
- Mastitis monitoring
and control should be a part of routine veterinary visits. Milk
samples should be taken in order to identify the causal agent
and antibiotic sensitivity testing carried out to allow better
targeting with antibiotics or other efficacious