Countdown Resources

The following resources will help dairy farmers and advisors manage bulk milk cell counts (BMCC) and mastitis in Australian dairy herds.

Countdown Farm Guidelines

The Countdown Farm Guidelines for mastitis control were first published in 1998. The publication encompassed all of the evidence-based best practice for mastitis control available at the time and has been widely used by farmers and advisors. About 11,000 copies of the original publication have been circulated.

The guidelines have been an essential resource in helping farmers improve their bottom line by reducing new mastitis infections and lowering the BMCC in their herds, which is beneficial in itself for cow welfare.

The second edition of the guidelines has been updated to include new evidence-based science and to support the ‘Cups On, Cups Off’ farmer training course.

The new guidelines also incorporate relevant information from both the Dairy NZ SmartSAMM program and the Animal Health Ireland Cell Check program. Both programs utilised the Countdown resources towards their own development in recent years.

View or order the Countdown Farm Guidelines.


  • Countdown Farm Guidelines for Mastitis Control 2018

    PDF5.19 MB

Countdown Technotes, FAQs and more

Each Countdown guideline also has a Technote which summarises the experimental and observational data that underpins it. We recommend downloading all of them so you have them on file. They provide background information and bibliographic references for key research papers and articles for further reading.


  • Technote 01 Calving

    PDF230.67 KB
  • Technote 02 Calving

    PDF126.31 KB
  • Technote 03 Calving

    PDF212.78 KB
  • Technote 04 Calving

    PDF378.66 KB
  • Technote 05 Lactation 2010

    PDF271.66 KB
  • Technote 06 Lactation 2010

    PDF487.68 KB
  • Technote 07 Disinfection 2003 Feb

    PDF329.88 KB
  • Technote 08 Lactation

    PDF152.02 KB
  • Technote 09 Teat sores 2003 Feb

    PDF323.4 KB
  • Technote 10 Lactation

    PDF113.09 KB
  • Technote 11 Monitor Bulk milk cell counts

    PDF241.58 KB
  • Technote 12 Lactation

    PDF267.48 KB
  • Technote 13 Seek advice 2003 Feb

    PDF649.25 KB
  • Technote 14 Decide dry cow strategy

    PDF123.27 KB
  • Technote 15 Cull cows

    PDF103.48 KB
  • Technote 16 Dryoff abruptly

    PDF106.59 KB
  • Technote 17 Dry Cow Treatment

    PDF153.18 KB
  • Technote 18 Check Udders

    PDF100.37 KB
  • Technote 19 Observe cows

    PDF72.09 KB
  • Technote 20 Withholding periods

    PDF73.88 KB

Countdown videos

Countdown has produced short videos on mastitis for dairy farmers.

Dry Cow Consult

The Dry cow Consult tool was designed by the Countdown team to support good decision making at dry-off. It can be used by dairy farmers before or during a review of dry cow practices with a veterinarian.

More information is available on the Dry Cow Consult website

Countdown webinars

Countdown has developed and broadcast a number of webinars for both farm and advisor audiences. These webinars were recorded and can be viewed again by following the links below:

An introduction to the new dry cow consultation resource

Mastitis Focus Report

A Mastitis Focus Report provides an overview of udder health in an individual dairy herd. It helps identify problem areas and potential risks and with tracking progress after making management changes.

More information is available in the mastitis focus report fact sheet.

Advisors looking to upload files to generate a Mastitis Focus Report can do so on the Mastitis Focus website.

Resources can be ordered by completing an online form.

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