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?