As a farmer, why is mastitis control important to you?
Mastitis can result in significant losses on any farm-when prevalent, it can significantly reduce farm profits. Mastitis reduces milk yield and leads to poor quality milk. Together, these factors erode the milk income received by farmers and processors. In addition, antibiotic therapy used to overcome udder disease adds to dairy farmers’ costs and stress.
High somatic cell counts (SCC), an indicator of mastitis, have a major impact on the profitability of dairy farmers and dairy processors. A recent Teagasc study of the economic impact of mastitis on the profit of Irish dairy farms at five somatic cell counts (SCC) thresholds returned the following figures:
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