Awareness of the economic losses associated with mastitis is resulting in a desire for mastitis control programs.
Control programs are focused on detection of mastitis (by the above methods), identification of the causative agent(s) and prevention of transmission by removing the source of the agent (milk contaminated fomites, bedding, persistently infected cows, etc.).
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Control of Contagious Mastitis: Contagious mastitis can be effectively controlled through a rigorous program of teat dipping and dry cow antibiotic treatment. Teats must be dipped in germicide after each milking (this decreases the incidence of the disease).
Each quarter must be treated with dry cow antibiotics at the end of lactation (this decreases the prevalence of the disease).
Cows with contagious mastitis should be milked last or a separate milking claw used for the infected cows.
Milking claws should be flushed with hot water or germicide after milking infected cows (called backflushing). Individual cloth/paper towels should be used to wash/dry teats.
Milkers should have clean hands and wear latex gloves. New additions to the herd should be cultured and persistently infected cows should be culled.