What is mastitis?

Mastitis (inflammation of the mammary gland) is the most important health and economic issue of current dairy cattle farms.

Mastitis is the most expensive cattle disease; it decreases production and quality of milk and causes premature elimination of cows from breeding. Approximately 50% of cows is affected with mastitis during their lives. The disease in one quarter of the udder during lactation decreases production by at least 10-12%. Milk is also devalued by antibiotic residues, thus causing secondary economic losses due to its elimination.   

Several factors contribute to development of mastitis – microbes (especially bacteria), the organism of the cow with concrete hereditary susceptibility to the disease and also the environment – stabling, milking parlour, hygiene, feeding and a human factor. The most common causal agents of mastitis are listed in our Pathogen Atlas

The brief information shows that the solution has to be approached as fast as possible before the problem is spread throughout the particular herd. A comprehensive system of solutions of mastitis prepared for a certain farm’s needs should be the result of this effort.