U.S. research identifies early milk-producing cows prone to mastitis

While most producers won’t milk a pregnant cow, Dr. Bobe says if her teats start to leak, then the teat barrier is already broken, making the cow more prone for mastitis.

A study by Oregon State University researcher Dr. Gerd Bobe found that metabolites in the blood are able to identify whether or not early milk-producing cows are prone to mastitis. The study was designed to identify predictive serum indicators of periparturient diseases in dairy cows. The findings, said Dr. Bobe, could be used to develop a simple early-detection tool that would enable dairy farmers to identify cows that benefit from preventative treatment.

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