Mastitis control in wet conditions

High cell counts and clinical mastitis won’t fix themselves!

Feed pads, stand-off areas and bare paddocks increases exposure of teats to bacteria. Wet conditions further increase mastitis risk. Many old treatment routines may no longer work in the face of these increased risks.

In wet or muddy periods there are 4 key steps:

1. Wash all teats on wet or muddy days. Dry every teat with one paper towel per cow before cups go on.

2. Strip cows every day to detect, treat and isolate clinical cases

3. When cups come off, cover all teat skin with disinfectant

4. Keep teats clean for an hour after the cows leave the shed using feeding and other routines to prevent cows lying down.

If elevated BMCCs or clinical cases persist

Look for problems with teat condition, machine function, or opportunities for bacteria to spread between cows. Seek professional advice. Milk cultures can determine the type of bacteria involved.

At the end of lactation

Follow all the steps outlined above. Dry cow antibiotic treatment is recommended to remove infections and reduce mastitis risk at calving. Talk to your vet about blanket or selective Dry Cow Treatment and teat sealant.

New Countdown fact sheets

High cell counts and clinical mastitis won't fix themselves! - Details the 4 key steps for reducing mastitis risk in wet and muddy periods 

Countdown Resource Pack - Mastitis Control in and after wet conditions - Resource pack introduction/contents 

Clinical cases – reducing the headache 

Cow parking and mastitis risk 

Drying off: the key to a better run next lactation 

Using teat sealant in your herd 

High cell count cows – what are the options 

Milking machines – wet, muddy conditions can create significant challenges for milking machine operation