Why is mastitis a serious problem in the herd?
Mastitis in goats is a serious problem on the farm, since it affects the production and quality of milk and also animal welfare.
Mr Bouma explains that he is most concerned about clinical mastitis cases, especially when it comes to gangrenous mastitis. It is a serious disease and the culling of animals is usually necessary because the treatment is ineffective, and there is a high risk of infecting healthy animals.
Mr Bouma: “If you see them with gangrenous mastitis in the morning, it is necessary to cull them in the evening.”
However, cases of subclinical mastitis are the most prevalent. The somatic cell count (SCC) is the best indicator of herd udder health, so high values are a cause for concern.
An elevated SCC and bacterial count indicate problems in herd udder health, so it is important to monitor them .
In the case of our protagonist, the SCC was higher than 3 million cells/ml, which indicates a high incidence of subclinical intramammary infections and may lead to a 24% reduction in milk production.
What results have you obtained with VIMCO?
The Bouma family is very satisfied with the mastitis vaccination, as they have achieved very good results in a short time:
● 50% reduction in cell count.
● 60% less acute clinical mastitis.
● Greater production.
● Less mortality and better animal welfare.
Farm veterinarian: “I would recommend this vaccine to all dairy goat farmers, they have all enjoyed positive results.”