Mastitis cases can cost up to €300 per cow
Anyone milking cows will tell you the first 30 days after calving can be a real risk time for clinical mastitis.
It is inevitable there will be some cases, however we must again investigate the problem if we see anything over 5-6pc affected.
Mastitis at this time will often be clinical with cows getting sick and requiring various types of treatments and interventions.
These cases have been conservatively estimated to cost between €250 and €300 per case. This is mostly down to lost production.
There is also potential for toxic or ecoli mastitis which can ultimately lead in some cases to cows dying.
I will always get people to assess cell count SCC after calving also, it will often give a very good indication of infections cured or potentially picked up during the dry period.
An increase in mastitis in the first 30 days calved will often point us in one or two directions.
Definitely the first stop might be the dry cow period and housing/hygiene.