Ten ways to minimise the impact of mastitis on your calved cows this spring
IT IS important to minimise the loss of body condition score (BCS) after calving and capitalise on a cow's drive to eat post-calving.
If weather conditions allow, getting the freshly calved cow out to grass as soon as possible is an important step in maximising intake this spring, especially considering silage quality.
Do a farm walk to determine your availability of grass. The spring rotation plan can be a great tool to help you ration out the available grass, while feeding cows an adequate level of supplementation.
Remember that cows ideally need to have a body condition score of above BCS 2.75 at mating to result in a good reproductive performance.
Early lactation mastitis
Clinical mastitis and high bulk somatic cell count (SCC) are significant costs to the average dairy farmer.
It's important to realise that calving time (two weeks before until two weeks after calving) is the highest risk period for mastitis infection to occur.
Early detection of mastitis cases in the calving period will reduce the infection status of individual cows and the herd throughout the rest of the lactation. For more useful information, refer to Animal Health Ireland's Cell Check information, available on www.animalhealthireand.ie.