Bacterial Counts on Teat Skin and in New Sand, Recycled Sand and Recycled Manure Solids used as Bedding in Freestalls

On modern dairy farms, environmental mastitis pathogens are usually the predominant cause of mastitis, and bedding often serves as a point of exposure to these organisms.

In this recent Journal of Dairy Science article Bacterial counts on teat skin and in new sand, recycled sand and recycled manure solids used as bedding in freestalls, UW-Extension Milk Quality Specialist Pam Ruegg shares findings indicating use of different bedding types results in exposure to different distributions of mastitis pathogens, although the incidence of clinical mastitis did not differ among bedding types.

UW-Milk Quality promotes an integrated, team-based approach to best manage udder health and milk quality.  Producing high quality milk is not a one-person job.  It takes farmers and their local dairy advisors to be able to evaluate, manage and improve milk quality.  At UW-Milk Quality, we develop tools and resources to help dairy producers meet their milk quality goals and increase farm profitability.

For more information regarding milk quality, please visit UW-Milk Quality or contact UW-Extension Milk Quality Specialist Pam Ruegg.  For more information regarding milking systems, please visit UW Milking Research and Instruction Laboratory or contact UW-Extension Milking Systems Specialist Doug Reinemann.

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