Mastitis and Milk Management Weekly Series Wraps Up

The Mastitis and Milk Management Weekly Series Wraps Up The Mastitis and Milk Management Weekly Series wraps up for the winter season. Click through the 12-week archived series below to learn more about the effects of mastitis on your farm. A look ahead: Milking Systems and Parlor Management. The new weekly series will feature academic[…]

week NINE: How Milk Quality is Assessed

week NINE: How Milk Quality is Assessed How is milk quality determined? Several different methods are used to assess milk quality. Some methods such as thesomatic cell count (SCC) and standard plate count (SPC) are mandated by the federal Grade “A” Pasteurized Milk Ordinance, which is a document that specifies safety standards of Grade “A”[…]

week EIGHT: Mastitis Detection, Prevention and Control in Dairy Replacement Heifers

week EIGHT: Mastitis Detection, Prevention and Control in Dairy Replacement Heifers Replacement heifers,whether they are raised on the farm, purchased from other dairies, or contract-raised by growers, are critical to herd productivity because they represent the future milking and breeding stock in all dairy operations. The goal should be to provide an environment for heifers[…]

week FIVE: Collection and Preparation of Milk Samples for Microbiological Culturing

week FIVE: Collection and Preparation of Milk Samples for Microbiological Culturing In developing individual farm mastitis control and treatmentstrategies, it is often necessary to characterize the types of bacteria that are present on your farm. To answer this question, a microbiological analysis, or milk culture, must be performed on milk samples collected from cows showing[…]

Cow being milked at CALS dairy cattle center

week FOUR: Cleaning and Sanitizing Milking Equipment

week FOUR: Cleaning and Sanitizing Milking Equipment All milking equipment, lines, and utensil surfaces that come into contact with milk, dirt, or manure must be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before the next milking. Bulk milk tanks also must be cleaned after each milk pickup and sanitized before the next milking. The purpose of cleaning is[…]

week THREE: Best Management Practices to Reduce Mastitis and Improve Milk Quality

week THREE: Best Management Practices to Reduce Mastitis and Improve Milk Quality Production of maximum quantities of high-quality milk is an important goal of every dairy operation. Poor milk quality affects all segments of the dairy industry, ultimately resulting in milk with decreased manufacturing properties and dairy products with reduced shelf life. Mastitis can be[…]