Mastitis in goat
Mastitis in goat, mainly caused by Staphylococcus, is a disease that causes great financial losses. A vaccination plan should always be included in the mastitis control program.
Studies show that vaccination against mastitis caused by Staphylococcus decreases clinical and subclinical cases, and also reduces the excretion of pathogens.
Study objectives and methods
In this field study, we wanted to evaluate the efficacy of vaccination against Staphylococcus mastitis in reducing treatments for the disease.
The study was carried out on a farm with 550 dairy goats (Murciano-Granadina), with 5 kidding periods per year and with Staphylococcus mastitis problems.
Vaccination with VIMCO® began in August 2014, and the number of treatments before (2 years prior) and after (1 year) immunization were compared. The treatments registered monthly were: antibiotics + anti-inflammatories (A) and anti-inflammatories only (B).
What are the results?
The results show that after vaccination with VIMCO®, fewer treatments were necessary, whether antibiotic or anti-inflammatory.
When comparing the data recorded before and after vaccination, we see significant differences in the use of treatments. The reductions in antibiotic use + NSAID, NSAID only and total treatments were 31%, 90% and 52% respectively.
– By vaccinating with VIMCO®, we can reduce mastitis treatments to a great extent.
– This is related to the reduction in clinical cases (both severe and mild).
– Vaccination is key to driving the reduction in use of antibiotics.
Article written by:
Tania Perálvarez Puerta. Global Product Manager, Small Ruminants Franchise – HIPRA
Case of study: evaluation of the impact of mastitis vaccination on mastitis treatment in a dairy goat farm in the southwest of Spain