Good management requires good information. Without individual cow SCC data to reveal subclinical mastitis, mastitis is an invisible disease.
Remember ... you can't manage what you can't measure.
The Mastitis Focus report uses your herd testing records and clinical case records to give an accurate overview of udder health in your herd. They help identify problem areas and track progress after any management changes are made. Contact your herd test provider for more information.
23.1 - Sign on for herd testing
Regular herd testing provides you with valuable information about:
- Milk yields - to aid drying-off decisions in late lactation.
- Individual cow SCC - to help:
- identify individual cows that may be causing your bulk milk SCC to rise,
- track new infection rate during key times of the year,
- decisions about drying off treatment strategy,
- decisions about culling.
The Mastitis Focus report is more accurate and informative when:
- herd testing occurs more frequently ie. more 4 or more tests per lactation, and over consecutive seasons.
- data relating to clinical and dry cow treatment records are uploaded regularly to the herd test provider.
Contact your herd test provider for more information on reviewing frequency of testing and uploading clinical records. Contact your local vet or accredited vets to find out how to make better use of herd information.
See Guideline 12 for tips on using individual cow SCC for management decisions.