Improving Microbiological Services for Dairies

article 1In spite of considerable progress in improvement of milk quality, mastitis continues to be the most frequent and costly disease of dairy cows, however few veterinarians are actively involved in mastitis control programs. On most farms, detection, diagnosis and administration of treatments for clinical mastitis are the responsibility of farm personnel and veterinarians are often consulted only when a case threatens the life of the cow. The purpose of this paper is to provide an introduction of how veterinarians can use milk culture data to improve mastitis control programs.

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