Updated Aug 14, 2019
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The innovation is a package of best practices for the prevention and control of udder inflammation (mastitis) by that together with centralized milk quality control can help improve dairy milk productivity and quality.http://livestocklab.ifas.ufl.edu/projects/dr-jean-baptiste-ndahetuye/
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Sub-clinical mastitis can not be detected by the farmers with the tools to do so and can reduce milk production significantly. Poor udder health combined with unhygienic handling causes economic loss and also affects health of consumers.
These best practices for milk production and handling address gaps in current smallholder practices for milk production and handling as it relates to udder health and milk quality. Management practices that this innovation transfers to farmers include proper cow shed hygiene, proper milking routine, proper monitoring of sub clinical mastitis in dairy cows, and proper post-harvest handling of milk. Together this best practice innovation helps smallholders increase milk production and quality.
Jean Baptiste Ndahetuye (Principal Investigator) from the University of Rwanda teamed up University of Rwanda colleagues including Juvenal Djangwani and faculty from Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and the National Veterinary Institute in Sweden to implement this program. Key implementing partners from Sweden included Renée Båge, Karin Artursson, and Ylva Persson. This research was supported by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems.