Sensors & antibiotic use

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Kristine
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Sensors & antibiotic use

Detecting clinical mastitis in a traditional milk parlour seems straightforward, but nowadays there are different innovative sensors for early (earlier?) detection. Just think of DeLaval's Herd Navigator or Afimilk's online AfiLab milk analyzer.

In terms of cow welfare, it's great to receive an early alarm for mastitis - but when do you intervene? Sometimes, a cow can overcome the beginning infection on her own. So can the early detection of mastitis (and other diseases), combined with a number of false alerts, actually lead to an increase in antibiotics?

What do you think? 

Richard Lloyd
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Rumination data also can indicate the early onset of mastitis. Dr Jeffrey Bewley has no doubts about the best course of action - watch the video:  Use of Technology and Early disease detection  (from the media tab above).  

Early detection certainly gives more time for an informed course of targeted action - but what should the immediate treatment be ? Using linament to increase the blood circulation in the udder? Increasing milking frequency ?(especially in robotic systems)

What else can be done? I have heard farmers talk of more than 70% self cure - is this realistic?

 

 

 

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