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Trainees will be able to define and detect mastitis , having developed an understanding about the balance between cow defences and the most common mastitis pathogens, and calculate the cost associated with the disease.

Learning outcomes:

  • Define and detect mastitis.

  • Name the principal environmental mastitis pathogens.

  • Understand the balance between cow defences and the challenge from most common mastitis pathogens.

  • Understanding the significance of managing the dry period as a separate issue to managing the lactating period.

  • Understand the role of dry cow therapy in treating and preventing mastitis, including selective dry cow therapy¬† and teat sealants.

  • Describe the impact of environmental conditions on mastitis rates.

  • Outline the key areas of control.

  • Appreciate the costs associated with mastitis including welfare.