In spite of considerable improvements in milk quality, mastitis continues to be the most frequent and costly disease of dairy cows. The use of on farm culturing to direct treatment of clinical mastitis gives farmers the opportunity to make better treatment decisions and reduce costs associated with milk discard and treatment of microbiologically negative cases.
UW-Extension Milk Quality Veterinarian Pam Ruegg has developed a series to guide individuals Using On Farm Culturing to Improve Mastitis Treatment. Watch videos, download guides and submit questions to Ask the Expert.
The newest edition to the Using on Farm Culturing to Improve Mastitis Treatment Series is the Using on Farm Culturing to Improve Mastitis Treatment Guides, available in English and Spanish:
- Volume 1: How to get started and collect sterile milk samples (Spanish Version)
- Volume 2: How to set up, read and interpret culture plates (Spanish Version)
The guides were developed to compliment the video series.
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. Additional videos regarding milk quality can be found at the UW Milk Quality Channel on YouTube. For more information regarding milking systems, please visit UW Milking Research and Instruction Laboratory or contact UW-Extension Milking Systems Specialist Doug Reinemann.