Developing a Milk Quality Plan
Successful mastitis control is dependent on effective detection, accurate diagnosis, evaluation of appropriate treatment options, and implementation of preventive practices that address herd specific risk factors associated with exposure to mastitis pathogens.
An effective surveillance system for mastitis includes the following elements:
1) Clear case definitions and effective mechanisms to detect both clinical and subclinical mastitis;
2) Recording systems that allow for timely evaluation of risk factors;
3) Feedback mechanisms that allow management personnel, milking technicians, and veterinarians to manage milk quality.