Updated May 14, 2019
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Mastitis, or udder infection, compromises productivity and milk quality resulting in economic losses and diseases in humans. Mastitis in dairy animals results in economic loss, reduced milk production and quality, and food safety concerns for consumers.
To reduce mastitis, the components of the researched innovation include: 1) developing GHP, including mastitis detection with the California Mastitis Test (CMT) milk conductivity test and mastitis control with post milking teat dipping (PMTD) and dry cow therapy (DCT) technologies, and 2) training livestock technicians and dairy farmers. The project also introduced conductivity analysis and somatic cell count analysis at the cooperative level to monitor impacts of the interventions.