Udder cleft dermatitis in dairy cows – epidemiological and microbiological studies

Udder cleft dermatitis (UCD) is a skin condition that develops at the fore udder attachment, or between the udder halves, of dairy cows. The UCD lesions vary in appearance from mild, eczematous skin changes, to severe, with wounds that often…...

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Green and his colleagues developed software for farmers. Using data, they’ve been able to make predictions on cost effectiveness. This information is available to farmers through the AHDB Dairy Mastitis Control Plan.

Predictive Biology: What does the future hold for mastitis control?

Ultimately, disease control programs have one goal: to predict disease and take measures in order to prevent disease from occurring. According to Dr. Martin Green, Professor of Cattle Health & Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham, more can be done…...

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Mastitis research update from the University of Nottingham Dairy Herd Health Group

In the UK, the average dairy herd size is currently ~133 cows and the incidence rate of clinical mastitis (CM) is likely to be somewhere between 47 and 65 cases/100 cows/year. The national average bulk milk somatic cell count (BMSCC)…...

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Characterisation of Streptococcus uberis from bovine milk

Abstract: Salem Abureema The goal of this thesis was to investigate three main aspects of mastitis due to Streptococcus uberis; (i) the epidemiology of clinical bovine mastitis, including the relative importance of cow-to-cow transmission and acquisition from an environmental source…...

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Challenges in the control of bovine viral diarrhea virus – implications for a Belgian eradication program

This work was aimed at addressing issues of misconception that hamper the advancement of bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) control in a Belgian context. To demonstrate that recognizing BVDV infection by its clinical presentations is difficult, the detailed pathology and…...

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Biological and molecular characterization of South African bacteriophages infective against Staphylococcus aureus

subsp. aureus Rosenbach 1884 – the causal agent of bovine mastitis. Control measures for bovine mastitis based on antibiotics provide only temporary relief before the antibiotics are rendered obsolete by resistance. Amongst the wide array of microbes that are able…...

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Influence of somatic cell count in heifers on lifetime milk yield and disease management

The appropriate management of mastitis is of particular importance to the Irish dairy industry where there is considerable scope for herds to expand in anticipation of the abolition of European Union milk quotas in 2015. Subsequent price volatility is expected…...

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