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Bovine Mastitis. What’s mastitis ? n Inflammation of one or more quarters of the udder Normal Inflamed Swelling pain warm redness Mammae = breast -itis.

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1 Bovine Mastitis

2 What’s mastitis ? n Inflammation of one or more quarters of the udder Normal Inflamed Swelling pain warm redness Mammae = breast -itis = Latin suffix for inflammation

3 What’s the significance of bovine mastitis ? n Causes significant economic losses to the dairy industry in the US n $ 200/cow/year n $ 2 billion/year The most costly disease affecting dairy dairy cattle throughout the world cullRIP

4 What are the health concerns of mastitis ? n Animal health u Loss of functional quarter u Lowered milk production u Death of cow n Human health u Poor quality milk u antibiotic residues in milk

5 How severe can mastitis be ? n Subclinical Mastitis u ~ % of all mastitis cases u Udder appears normal u Milk appears normal u Elevated SCC (score 3-5) u Lowered milk output (~ 10%) u Longer duration n Clinical Mastitis u ~ % of all mastitis cases u Inflamed udder u Clumps and clots in milk u Acute type F major type of clinical mastitis F bad milk F loss of appetite F depression F prompt attention needed u Chronic type F bad milk F cow appears healthy

6 What causes mastitis ? n Bacteria ( ~ 70%) n Yeasts and molds ( ~ 2%) n Unknown ( ~ 28%) u physical F trauma F weather extremes

7 Where do these organisms come from ? n Infected udder n Environment u bedding u soil u water u manure n Replacement animals

8 BACTERIA Streptococci n Environmental u S. uberis u S. dysgalactiae u S. equinus n More subclinical mastitis n Environment n Predominant early and late lactation n Contagious u S. agalactiae n Clinical mastitis n Cannot live outside the udder n Treated easily with penicillin “Streps” “Environmentals” “Environmental Strep” Field language

9 BACTERIA Staphylococci n Staph. aureus u Summer mastitis u Spread by milking equipment and milker’s hands u Persistent, difficult to eliminate u If unattended leads to chronic mastitis n Other Staph u Found normally on skin u Lowers milk yield u Elevated SCC u Easily responds to antibiotics u Relapse frequently seen Field language “Staph” “Staph. Mastitis”

10 BACTERIA Coliforms n Groups of organisms F E. coli, Klebsiella, Enterobacter n Environmental source (manure, bedding, barns, floors and cows) n Coliforms cause acute clinical mastitis u high temp, and inflamed quarter u watery milk with clots and pus u toxemia J-5 vaccine

11 Other organisms n Pseudomonas aeruginosa u outbreaks of clinical mastitis n Serratia u outbreaks of clinical mastitis n Corynebacterium pyogenes n Fungi n Candida n Mycoplasma bovis

12 How does mastitis develop ? n Cow u Predisposing conditions F Existing trauma (milking machine, heat or cold, injury) F Teat end injury F Lowered immunity (following calving, surgery) F Nutrition n Organisms n Environment Environment Organism Cow

13 Process of infection Organisms invade the udder through teat canal Migrate up the teat canal and colonize the secretory cells Colonized organisms produce toxic substances harmful to the milk producing cells

14 The cow’s immune system send white blood cells (Somatic cells) to fight the organisms recovery clinical subclinical

15 How is mastitis diagnosed ? n Physical examination u Signs of inflammation u Empty udder u Differences in firmness u Unbalanced quarters n Cowside tests u California Mastitis test

16 How is mastitis diagnosed ? n Culture analysis u The most reliable and accurate method F costly ($ 5- 12)

17 How do you treat mastitis ? n Clinical mastitis u Strip quarter every 2 hours u Oxytocin valuable u high temp, give aspirin u Seek veterinary assistance u Treatment with penicillins n Subclinical mastitis u Questionable Attitude adjustment !!!!!! Don’t expect SCC to go down ASAP (4-5 weeks !) Discard milk from treated cows (double jeopardy !)

18 THE 10 STEPS TO MASTITIS CONTROL ONE: Prepare cows properly for milking u Udder preparation is pre-dipping with a dip labeled for pre-dipping.Pre-dips lower the risk of new infections by 70% !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! u Pre-dips F Iodophors % F Chlorhexidine 0.2% F Quats 0.5% F LDBSA 0.2% F Hypochlorous acid F Bleach ? u Use single service paper towels, dry teats before machine-application.

19 n TWO: Have a good milking system u Milking equipment should be adequate in size, functioning properly, and regularly cleaned and maintained u Correctly use proper functioning milking machines and properly prepare udders F Attach teat cups after thorough cleaning and drying of teats F Provide stable vacuum F Check for slipping of teat cup liners  Shut of vacuum before removing teat cups.

20 n THREE: Apply and remove machine carefully u Properly adjust to prevent liner slippage. u Remove machine when cow is milked out, shut off vacuum at claw before removal. n FOUR: Dip each teat after each milking using a germicidal teat dip. u Post-dips seal the teat ends temporarily for 6 to 8 hours u A must for long term mastitis control program n FIVE: Monitor your mastitis score (DHI-SCC, WMT) regularly. Take action when significant increases occur.

21 n SIX: Treat clinical cows, follow label recommendations, treat aseptically. Withhold treated cows' milk from milk supply. n SEVEN: Segregate chronic mastitis cows, milk them last, cull when necessary. u cows with chronic mastitis serve as reservoirs of organisms and could infect susceptible cows n EIGHT: Dry treat each quarter using partial insertion techniques with an approved dry cow treatment at drying off. u Cure rate is twice high as that during lactation u Lowers the risk of clinical and subclinical mastitis during subsequent lactation

22 NINE: Keep cows clean, udders free from soil and manure. u Fence off wet, swampy areas. u Keep free stalls and stanchions bedded properly. u Keep calving areas clean, properly bedded (straw preferred). TEN: Properly feed and care for cows.

23 Summary n Mastitis is primarily a management problem n Mastitis can be controlled n Prevention programs work best when correctly followed

24 Milking Procedures for Quality Milk

25 n PREREQUISITES ¶Maintain clean, well ventilated bedded areas for cows ·Segregate known infected cows. Milk them last or with designated equipment ¸CMT all fresh cows by the 6th milking ¹Milk all treated cows last ºChange rubber inflations every 60 days or 1000 cow milkings whichever comes first

26 PREREQUISITES »Check the milking systems or units periodically for function and reliability ¼Clip or singe the udder hair ½Examine periodically teats and teat ends ¾Mastitis treatments should be done by one or two persons and should be done after milking ÓCloth towels should be washed after every use

27 Simple Steps “Two trips to each cow will provide a routine to Maxmize Milk Quality and Parlor Performance”…. Dr. Andy Johnson Step One………Strip and Predip Step Two………Dry and Apply

28 Standardized Milking Procedures Stanchion / Tiestall n Wear Gloves n Wipe off excess dry manure, straw and bedding n Strip each teat into a stripcup n Dip teats with an approved pre-dip n Allow the pre-dip to react for at least 30 sec. Parlor n Wear Gloves n Wipe off excess dry manure, straw and bedding n Strip each teat into a stripcup n Dip teats with an approved pre-dip n Dip 3-4 cows n Allow the pre-dip to react for at least 30 sec.

29 Stanchion/ Tiestall n Clean teat and teat ends using single paper towel or individual towel cloth n The teats must be dried for at least 15 sec n Attach milking machines immediately after teats are dried n Dip teats with post-dip immediately after milking Parlor n Return to the first cow and clean teat and teat ends using a single paper towel or individual towel cloth n The teats must be dried for at least 15 sec n Attach milking machines immediately after teats are dried n Dip teats with post-dip immediately after milking EACH STEP IS A CRITICAL POINT !!!!!!!

30 HACCP-based concepts for implementing proper milking procedures in Pennsylvania

31 n STEP ONE u Educate owners and milkers about implementing a standardized milking procedure (Benefits !!!!!!) u IF a dairy farm initiates and shows sustained interest F Establish ground rules F They will have to be proactive and adopt changes F TEAM EFFORT !!! Steps involved in employing HACCP-based concepts for establishing proper milking procedures

32 n STEP TWO u Establish a team ( owner, milkers, veterinarian, facilitator) u Mission statement u Goals and timeline u Written Procedures F Protocols F Critical Limits ( SCC > 250,000) u Recording Keeping F Milking time/milking F Bulk Tank Temp; end of 1 hr of milking F Sanitation u Schedule team meetings to review the process

33 n STEP THREE u Train milkers and owners in implementing the standardized milking procedure n STEP FOUR u Monitor the application of the standardized milking procedure F Floor tests (each step is a critical point !) F Laboratory tests (SPC or BTSCC) F Monitor records n STEP FIVE u Establish corrective actions to be implemented if milk quality critical limits have exceeded.

34 Bovine Mastitis Prepared by: Bhushan Jayarao MVSc, PhD, MPH Extension Veterinarian Department of Veterinary Science Pennsylvania State University University Park


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