Trained advisors are available in all regions to investigate and help you solve your mastitis and milk quality problems.
A team approach is often required because solutions require the expertise of different professionals.
SmartSAMM provides tools and resources that can be used by veterinarians, milking machine technicians and milk quality specialists throughout New Zealand.
13.1 - Review mastitis indicators regularly
Regular checking of key indicators provides an early warning of problems.
SmartSAMM recommends that action is taken when the warning levels described in Tables 1 or 2 have been reached.
Check your Mastitis Focus Check your Mastitis Focus report after each herd test or after uploading clinical mastitis records. The report uses clinical mastitis treatment records and individual cow SCC data to give an overview of udder health in your herd, and help identify problem areas and risks as well as track progress after management changes.
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13.2 - Seek professional advice if mastitis indicators are above warning levels
Seek advice from your professional advisors and put into action the advice you are given.
Your advisor(s) will help identify which factors are influencing the mastitis status of your herd and the quality of milk supplied to the dairy company. They will need to:
- Examine bulk milk SCC, clinical mastitis and dry cow treatment records and herd test SCC data.
- View and interpret your Mastitis Focus reports
- Visit the herd during milking time to check the milking machine, cow flow, milking procedures and teat condition.
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SmartSAMM Mastitis Investigation Kit
The Mastitis Investigation Kit provides a process and recording sheets to carry out a thorough investigation. See Technote 13 for more information on the process.
13.3 - Record problems and actions taken
Record details in a notebook, your dairy planner or Fonterra Dairy Diary.
Work with your advisor(s) to review changes in mastitis indicators over time.
For many problems, improvements should occur within a matter of days. If this is not the case, go back to your advisor(s) and discuss further.