Increasing consumer opposition to antibiotic use and concern with bacterial resistance issues means it's time to take a closer look at the causes of high SCC and clinical mastitis.
In herds where the primary complaint is high SCC, all factors that influence the efficiency of a cow’s immune system need to be considered. This includes control of metabolic disease and persistent negative energy balance in the spring, continuous and sufficient trace element support, and maintenance of good teat condition. It's all about building an immune system that supports the animal to achieve your production targets.
Here's our tried and true process for reducing clinical mastitis and SCC in your herd:
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In herds where Mineral System’s nutritional advice is effectively implemented, there is on average, a reduction in SCC of 32% in year one and 55% by the end of year two. This equates to a drop from a SCC of 250,000 c/ml to 112,500 c/ml.
ANALYSE what your stock are actually eating
Sampling and laboratory analysis of pasture, feed & soil supplements
Review of your trace and macro element levels to understand the dietary risk
ADJUST the levels to meet demand
Implement the most appropriate and cost effective form of mineral supplementation
Manage animal health risk in the longer term through appropraite fertiliser choices
PROFIT from the changes you’ve made
Reducing herd BSCC from the current Fonterra average of 212,000 c/ml to an average of 150,000 c/ml results in a gain of 2.8kg milk solids/cow for every cow in the herd. That's $11.90/cow @ $4.25/kg. Including time and antibiotic costs, this equates to more than $25 per cow. That's a saving of over $7 500 for a 300 cow herd.