Mastitis continues to be a major livestock disease afflicting the U.S. dairy industry. As the industry strives to improve milk quality to meet consumer as well as exportation demands, the legal limit for bulk tank sec will likely be reduced from 750,000/ml to 400,000/ml in the near future. It is estimated that between 10 and 20% of US dairy farms, mostly located in the Southeast, are currently at or above the 400,000/ml SCC limit and will have to adopt stricter methods for controlling mastitis in their milking herds, dry cows, and heifers. This publication reviews the survey results of adoption rates for mastitis control measures and shows that there is much room for improvement.

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Published on Dec 30, 2014

Steve Nickerson Professor Emeritus, Animal & Dairy Science
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