Decline-in-mastisis

The effects of herd vaccination with StartVac, initiated in 2014, on the annual percentage of S. aureus-positive cows over a seven-year period on Farm 1.

Candice de Jongh of Blomfontein assists with collecting milk samples.The De Jonghs perform composite testing up to three times a year and follow up with quarter sampling on high SCC cows. One sample is taken per cow and is sent to Onderstepoort to check for high SCCs and pathogens. ‘It’s very accurate and gives us a good understanding of what’s happening in the herd and what antibiotics to use. It is the best way to find the hidden high SCC cows in the herd.’
The effects of herd vaccination with StartVac, initiated in 2014, on the annual percentage of  S. aureus-positive cows over 10 years on Farm 2.

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