In April of this year, Near East University in North Cyprus hosted the Fertility and Mastitis in Dairy Farm Congress. Some 450 veterinarians and academics from various veterinary medicine departments in Turkey and North Cyprus attended the event. Here are some of highlights from the congress.
The main objective of the congress was to provide veterinary practitioners with up-to-date information on udder health, mastitis, fertility and infertility, and to present new approaches and practices. The event was attended by both freelance and field veterinarians, whose job it is to perform physical, CMT and bacteriological examinations according to the “ring system” that has been developed of the past years.
In the opening speech, Prof. Dr. Selim Aslan emphasized the importance of udder diseases, especially udder health and protection.
“Direct costs such as discarded milk, drug, and indirect costs like penalties because of increased cell counts resulting in decreased milk yield and higher culling and replacement rates are major economic problems on farms due to mastitis,” he said.
“According to a study conducted in Canada, mastitis has been reported to cause $400 million losses annually in Canada,” he continued. “Therefore, we should update our knowledge constantly in terms of udder health and prevention methods.”
Aslan also emphasized the relationship between mastitis and infertility and talked about the importance of continuous learning in these areas.
As an invited congress speaker, Prof. Dr. Sarne De Vliegher from Belgium gave two talks at the congress. De Vliegher focused on issues with mastitis, antimicrobial consumption on dairy herds, the dry period and transition, lactation, and the role of bovine veterinarians as coaches and advisors.
Mastitis is a complex, multifactorial disease, he said. Pathogens, cows and farmers/farm managers have an impo
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