What is Mastitis?
Mastitis occurs when there is an infection of the mammary gland and udder damage caused by pathogenic bacteria and it is one of the most economically important diseases faced by dairy farmers today.
Almost one hundred years ago scientists discovered mastitis could be caused when teats encountered “contagious pathogenic bacteria” in milk that originated from an infected mammary gland. Many years later, they discovered that a second type of opportunistic “environmental pathogenic bacteria” was another cause of mastitis. So today farms can encounter both contagious and environmental bacteria which both may cause mastitis.
The Cost of Mastitis
It has been highlighted by several commentators that the true cost of a case of mastitis on a dairy farm must include in addition to the loss of milk if the cow has been treated with antibiotics, the decrease in overall milk production yield, the decrease in herd fertility, the cost of ineffective treatments, the culling of repeat offenders and the cost of mortality if death occurs. Some organisations within the dairy industry have conducted indepth trials on various farms and have published a cost of £451 for each case of mastitis (2016).
The Use of Antibiotics
The public is now becoming more concerned about the widespread use of antibiotics in farming. It is common for dairy farmers to use antibiotics to treat mastitis, but this could lead to various problems and losses including:
- The build-up of antibiotic-resistant mastitis-causing organisms on the farm
- The danger of antibiotics getting into the bulk milk tank and loss of milk
- Dumping of milk from cows treated with antibiotics
How can MASTEX help?
MASTEX is a cost-effective way to deal with mastitis and it can be used easily on the farm to enhance and support the cows’ natural ability to cope with this infection.
Benefits of MASTEX
- A natural alternative to antibiotics
- Maintains the quality and quantity of milk
- No disposal and subsequent loss of milk