What is mastitis

Mastitis (inflammation of the mammary gland) is the basic and most important health and economic problem of modern dairy farming. Mastitis is also the most expensive disease of cattle because it reduces milk production and quality, and causes premature weaning of dairy cows. Approximately 50% of dairy cows develop mastitis during their lifetime. Disease of one quarter of the udder during lactation reduces production by at least 10-12%. Milk degrades antibiotic residues and thus causes secondary economic losses during its disposal.

Mastitis is a disease in the development of which several factors are involved - microbial agents (especially bacteria), the organism of dairy cows with specific hereditary equipment of susceptibility to the disease and the external environment - housing, milking parlor, hygiene, feeding and the human factor. The most common causes of mastitis (especially on farms in the Czech Republic) can be found in the Atlas of Mastitis agents - by clicking at the bottom of the page. The photos are from PM tests, on which bacteria from the milk of dairy cows with mastitis solved with the help of our company on farms grew, so they are directly from the field.

From the brief information outlined above, it is necessary to approach the solution as quickly as possible before the problem spreads in a particular herd. The result of this effort should be a comprehensive mastitis management system developed for the needs of a specific farm.

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