n Stockfarm - Control mastitis through clever management

Volume 9 Number 12
  • ISSN : 2221-7304


According to Dr Louis Hoek, a veterinarian at the CapeCross Veterinary Services in Tsitsikamma, mastitis is a man-made disease that occurs as a result of too many animals being kept in confined areas. “Add to this a cow that is machine milked only two or three times a day, whereas a calf suckles twelve to 15 times a day. It is a sure-fire recipe for contracting mastitis.” Dr Hoek says that bacteria are primarily responsible for inflammation in the udder. “Most infections are caused by only four bacteria. It can come from within the udder, which is known as infectious mastitis, or it can originate in the environment, which is known as environmental mastitis.”

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