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 a significant contributor to reduced milk quality. This disease is an inflammation of the udder that affects a high proportion of dairy cows throughout the world. Mastitis differs from most other animal diseases in that several diverse bacteria are capable of infecting the udder. These pathogens invade the udder, multiply there, and produce harmful substances that result in inflammation, reduced milk production, and altered milk quality. Because mastitis can be caused by many different pathogens, control is extremely difficult,
and economic losses due to mastitis can be immense.
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