VET40150 Milk Quality & Mastitis
Academic Year 2021/2022
This module will provide an overview of the principles of prevention and control of mastitis at a herd level and milk quality. Module components will cover basic knowledge of mastitis, including aetiology, epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment. Also the factors that influence milk quality will be presented. Herd level strategies for; the monitoring and investigation of mastitis; on farm assessment of the various risk factors for mastitis (including, teat health, dry period management, milking routine and the milking machine); the principles of mastitis control and principles of disease economics in respect to mastitis control will be presented and discussed. All information will presented in the context of the Animal Health Ireland Mastitis and Milk Quality initiative.
On the completion of this module, students will be able to:
-Demonstrate a core clinical knowledge of bovine mastitis, the risk factors for mastitis and factors that influence milk quality
-Discuss and employ methods to control mastitis.
-Recognise common patterns of spread of mastitis, the mechanisms of spread of mastitis and the sources of infection
-Develop a herd monitoring plan for clinical and sub clinical mastitis
-Evaluate the costs of mastitis and perform a cost benefit analysis of interventions in a dairy herd
-Gather, manage and analyse SCC and clinical mastitis records to assess herd performance and identify patterns in time, space and among animal groups
-Formulate and execute an investigation, tailored to an individual farm, based on problem definition and patterns of disease identified from record analysis
-Formulate a cost effective mastitis control plan tailored to an individual farm
-Construct a farm visit report communicating findings from an investigation, interpretation of findings and recommendations for monitoring and control.
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