HIPRA was in Dublin from 3rd to 7th July for the World Buiatric Congress, in which it was participating as a Premium Partner. During the week, the company offered its customers various exclusive activities under the heading “Move to Vaccination”. HIPRA invited over 100 professionals to participate in an exclusive technical event “The Future of Mastitis Prevention” that was held on 3rd July in Royal Hospital Kilmainham.
The session on mastitis took the form of a “panel discussion” and involved international experts representing the demographic of the audience: Andrew Bradley (UK), Zhijun Cao (China), Ynte Schukken (Netherlands), John Middleton (US), Paolo Moroni (US/ Italy) and Marcos Veiga (Brazil). For almost two hours, the opinion leaders discussed and shared their views and opinions on the most interesting topics in the area of milk quality, reduction of antibiotic use, management and immunoprophylaxis of bovine mastitis. Ynte Schukken explained to the audience the Dutch experience of reduction of antibiotic use that has resulted in a 50% reduction in the last 5 years. He also foresaw an enormous opportunity for the more rational use of antibiotics without necessarily having a negative impact on the health of cows.
This point was supported by Zhijun Cao who is convinced that there is still room for further reduction of antibiotic consumption in food-producing animals. In the section about the type of bedding material of the future, Andrew Bradley paid special attention to sustainable bedding material that does not promote bacterial growth. According to John Middleton, there is little chance of identifying new pathogens causing mastitis and most important bacteria would behave differently in any given situation. That is why Paolo Moroni has supported the role of the vet on dairy farms as the person taking responsibility for making decisions. An interesting point of view about the milking parlour of the future was presented by Marcos Veiga who explained three deciding factors: cost of labour, size of herd and development of the country. In the end, all the panellists agreed that vaccination against bovine mastitis plays an essential role in the mastitis control program.
With this initiative, HIPRA demonstrates and strengthens its commitment to continued training and the spread of knowledge between bovine health professionals throughout the world and consolidates its position as the reference in prevention for animal health.