The most important economic loss from mastitis is subclinical mastitis, for every clinical case of mastitis in a dairy herd there can be 25 or more subclinical cases. These subclinical cases are the main cause of increased cell counts:
Mastitis risk factors – Five Point Plan.
The main risk factors for mastitis are shown below:
The Five Point Plan.
The five point plan was established by the Milk Marketing Board in the 1950’s in order to counteract the mastitis risk factors – the points are still valid today:
- Hygiene: i.e. improving operator hygiene during milking such as the wearing of gloves and using disposable teat wipes.
- The correct maintenance of milking machine equipment.
- Post-milking teat disinfection.
- The prompt identification of clinical cases, veterinary treatment and the culling of chronic recurrent cases.
- Dry Cow Therapy.