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Mastitis

 

Bovine mastitis is the foremost endemic infectious disease of dairy cattle and remains a major challenge to the UK and global dairy industries. As well as being financially the most important disease of dairy cattle, mastitis is also important in terms of cow welfare and the sustainability of dairy farming.

Current research

Our current projects are generally related to:

  1. determining mechanisms behind infection processes and disease dynamics using molecular and epidemiological techniques
  2. decision making around cost effectiveness of intervention strategies for mastitis control iii) optimising dry period management to reduce mastitis
  3. clinical and social approaches to enhance the delivery of a nationwide control scheme for mastitis in Great Britain. 

Examples include:

  • Evaluating whether the mammary microbiomes is important to mammary gland health (BBSRC)
  • An assessment of mass spectroscopy to differentiate sub species of mastitis pathogens to inform disease control (Innovate UK/BBSRC)
  • Bayesian approaches to optimize decision making for mastitis control (BBSRC)

Publications

 

Research impact

Our research has led to the design and national implementation of a new approach to mastitis control on British dairy farms; the ‘DairyCo Mastitis Control Plan’. This programme, which commenced in 2009, has been implemented on farms holding >10-15% of all British dairy cows. The uptake of the scheme is continually increasing and is estimated to generate savings to the British dairy industry of the order of £3M per annum. 

 

 

 

Dairy Herd Health Group

The University of Nottingham
School of Veterinary Medicine and Science
Sutton Bonington Campus, Leicestershire, LE12 5RD


telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 6116
email: Email our Research Theme Leader