This year EuroTier offered visitors a special feature, "Healthy udders throughout the year."

EuroTier 2016 focuses on udder health during the dry period

Every year EuroTier, the world’s largest trade fair for animal production, offers a special feature for each sector. This year the special feature for dairy producers offered over 580 square meters of practical solutions and recommendations, including strategies for management …

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Abdoulkarim Issa Ibrahim researches udder health at Laboratoire Central d’Elevage in Niamey, Niger

Niger-based researcher looks into the molecular epidemiology of S. aureus

In 1975, the government of Niger transformed the Sahelian Experimental Station of Toukounous (SEST) into a pilot dairy farm. The goal: to improve milk production of Azawak zebu, one of the best dairy cattle breeds in West Africa. Azawak zebu…...

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OSaM developed a website to share information on how to tackle mastitis, as well as practical tools for improving udder health.

OSaM, Southern Belgium observatory for udder health

In 2001, the “Observatoire de la Santé Mammoire” (OSaM) was formed in Southern Belgium. The group was designed in response to the elevation of somatic cell counts (SCC) in herds registered to Dairy Herd Improvement programs. OSaM is a collaboration…...

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Dr. Ozbalt Podpecan of Savinian Veterinary Policlinic in Slovenia.

Slovenia: Challenges and successes in dairy farming

In an interview with Dr. Ozbalt Podpecan, M2 magazine learned about the challenges and successes of dairy farmers in Slovenia. Podpecan is a veterinarian based at the Savinian Veterinary Policlinic in Slovenia. Challenges Slovenian dairy production, says Podpecan, remains fragmented…....

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More than half of the samples cultured (54.7%) in 2014 were bacteriologically negative.

South African vet lab investigates mastitis-causing bacteria

Compared to other countries, there is very little data available on the diversity, epidemiology and virulence potential of mastitis-causing bacteria in South African dairy herds. That will soon change, though, as Allerton Provincial Veterinary Laboratory has initiated a number of…...

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Microscopic view (magnification 40x) of Mycoplasma bacteria

Part 3 of 3: Prevention and control of Mycoplasma sp.

Streptococcus agalactiae has, for the most part, been eliminated from most herds in many parts of the world. Eliminating the reservoir, the infected cow, is what did it. Mycoplasma sp., however, does not appear to exist in all parts of…...

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Replacement calves might serve as a source of mycoplasma mastitis in cows.

Part 2 of 3: How mycoplasma mastitis transmits in a dairy herd

How is mycoplasma mastitis transmitted in a dairy herd? The short answer is that there is no short answer. Interestingly, evidence shows that both lactating and non-lactating affected cattle can be the primary cause of mycoplasma mastitis. To make matters more…...

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Microscopic view (magnification 40x) of Mycoplasma bacteria

Focus: Mycoplasma mastitis – Part 1 of 3

Researchers have found that over the years some forms of contagious mastitis have emerged from rarity to become more common, like Mycoplasma sp., while others, like Streptococcus agalactiae, have been largely eradicated. The idea that mycoplasma mastitis is re-emerging is…...

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