Facts & News MASTITIS – THE MOST COMMON UDDER DISEASE IN DAIRY COWS
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06. May 2024

MASTITIS – THE MOST COMMON UDDER DISEASE IN DAIRY COWS

Udder inflammation is usually caused by a bacterial infection, less frequently by fungi or algae.
The disease is not only painful for the affected cow, but also has far-reaching consequences for the farm:

Veterinary costs

Acute mastitis: The cost of treating acute mastitis can vary depending on the severity of the disease and the medication used. As a rule, however, they are around € 200 per cow.

Chronic mastitis: The treatment of chronic mastitis is often more protracted and complicated and can therefore be significantly more expensive. The costs can amount to more than € 500 per cow.

Milk loss

Cows suffering from mastitis often produce less milk or milk of inferior quality. The milk may be discoloured, watery or contain blood clots. In some cases, the milk has to be disposed of completely. The financial loss is enormous.

Other consequences

Image problems: Mastitis can lead to a negative image for the dairy farm and severely affect milk sales.

Prevention

There are various measures that farmers can take to prevent mastitis. More hygienic housing conditions are one way of reducing veterinary costs, care costs and milk losses. Stable hygiene can be improved through a harmonised combination of manure removal systems and stable floor coverings. Seamless walkway coverings such as the N15, N18 and N26 ALLEY enable trouble-free mechanical cleaning using folding scrapers, manure robots or vacuum cleaners. The cleaning pattern is clean and there are hardly any gaps or crevices for pathogens to multiply. Lying areas that are soft, elastic and dry provide the best surface for the udder to rest safely while the cow is lying down. We recommend our soft bedding systems 4GS, 8GS or the HT KombiBox. Comfort rugs such as the N20, N25 and N33 with high softness also promote udder health. If lying areas can be kept clean with little effort, the hygiene level increases. Pathogens can hardly find their way to the udder – the cow remains healthy and productive. In addition, rubber flooring should always be tested for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Only harmlessness ensures that no carcinogenic substances are transferred from the floor covering to milk and/or meat. All Huber Technik walkway and cubicle floor coverings have been tested as safe by the DLG.

Every investment in the right rubber barn flooring prevents disease losses in the herd and ensures the long-term profitability of a dairy farm. We will be happy to advise you.

 

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