What is the true cost of mastitis?

What is the true cost of mastitis? It’s more than just comparing the price per box of mastitis tubes.

Treatment effectiveness: When looking at treatment effectiveness, how can you tell if the product really works? Is it clearing up the infection and eliminating mastitis-causing pathogens in the udder? An incomplete cure can lead to temporary improvement and chronically infected cows. Monitor treatment success to make sure you’re seeing high bacteriological cure rates, lower reoccurrence rates and lower somatic cell counts. It’s the only way to know whether the treatment is working.

Cost of treatment per day: The price per box of mastitis tubes is misleading. Look at the number of treatments per box and the frequency of treatment (every 12 hours versus every 24 hours).

Cost of discarded milk: Read and follow the product label for milk discard. Shorter milk withdrawal periods are often more economical because you can begin putting milk back in the bulk tank sooner

Risk factors associated with milk withdrawal: Managing products with high-residue risk profiles can compromise your efficiency. It also can increase the potential for shipping contaminated milk.

A clinical mastitis cure may not equal a bacteriological mastitis cure: A clinical cure, when milk returns to normal, may not be the same as a bacteriological cure and may not be a success. For hard-to-kill mastitis pathogens, mastitis treatment that’s based on the manufacturers label may need to be extended to achieve a bacteriological cure and help reduce the chance of reoccurrence its is no surprise that half the treated cases re occur with the blame put on the product used.

“E. coli and other types of Gram-negative mastitis strains are found virtually anywhere cows are housed, such as in bedding, the milking parlour and manure, we have to keep their environment as clean, dry and comfortable as we can to prevent teat ends from getting exposed to manure. This includes regular scraping of alleys and holding pens, as well as keeping cubicles, or wherever cows lie down, well-bedded and maintained.

“We also need to continue to follow good milking procedures, which means making sure milking equipment functions properly and teats are clean and dry before attaching milking equipment. You’ll want to use an effective teat dip immediately after milking and maintain good udder hygiene between milking’s.