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Mastitis in dairy herds is a worldwide problem, with significant implications for milk yields and quality, economic losses and animal health and welfare. Effective control makes a considerable difference to the farmer and the animal, and this new edition includes updated information throughout, as well as new chapters, covering organic dairy herds, dry period infections, robotic milking, residue avoidance and best practice procedures.
The authors provide basic principles relevant to farmers, veterinarians and veterinary students in a clear and practical way, covering anatomy, epidemiology, milking machines, disinfection, somatic cell counts and diseases of the udders and teats in order to provide a thorough understanding of the causes of mastitis and measures of control and prevention.
1. Introduction; 2. Structure of Teats and Udder and Mechanisms Of Milk Synthesis; 3. Teat and Udder Defences against Mastitis; 4. The Mastitis Organisms; 5. Milking Machines and Mastitis; 6. The Milking Routine And Its Effect On Mastitis; 7. Teat Disinfection; 8. The Environment and Mastitis; 9. Somatic Cell Count; 10. Bactoscan and Total Bacterial Count (TBC); 11. Targets and Monitoring; 12. Treatment and Dry Cow Therapy; 13. Summer Mastitis; 14. Disorders of the Udder And Teats; 15. Residue Avoidance in Milk; 16. Best Practice Guides.