The first UK investigation into reducing antibiotics use by typing mastitis pathogens has found the technique can help dairy farmers slash their use by 24%, says a report in Farmers Weekly.
Furthermore, researchers identified some strains of mastitis are cured on their own when left untreated.
Somatic cell counts are indicators of milk quality, with milk contracts often specifying upper thresholds and rewarding low counts. Somatic cells are predominantly immune system cells, and can indicate if a cow is fighting infection. Read more >
Calves can develop diarrhoea, which farmers might identify as an infectious condition and therefore require antibiotics. Read more >
The British Cattle Veterinary Association and Dairy UK share some practical steps dairy farmers can take to reduce the risk of antibiotic resistance developing on their unit. Read more >