Milk quality improvement and mastitis control on dairy farms

Ynte H. Schukken, Doron Bar, Yrio T. Groehn, John W. Barlow, Rebecca R. Quesnell, Ruth N. Zadoks

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High milk quality is among the most important characteristics of a well managed dairy. There remain challenges for the dairy manager to maintain the objective of high milk quality. In this paper the importance of persistent infections and repeated clinical cases is discussed. When management procedures are not in place the specifically address persistent infections then with the increasing susceptibility of the modern dairy cow and the host adaptation of mastitis micro-organisms a perfect opportunity is created for an increase in persistent infection and a related increase in repeated clinical cases. This paper shows the importance of repeated clinical cases, discusses host adaptation in mammary pathogens and addresses management methods to prevent a high prevalence of persistent infections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)591-606
Number of pages16
JournalMagyar Allatorvosok Lapja
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008


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