Treatment of Clinical Mastitis

hi there I'm mark come for us I'm the project leader for dairy Australia's countdown 2020 program and in this next video I'm going to walk you through the steps involved in the treatment of a cow with clinical mastitis throughout lactation milking staff must keep a close watch for mastitis cases finding cases can sometimes be a challenge but if they're missed they put millions of cells into the VAT and can dramatically increase both milk cell count rapid detection and treatment of cases means fewer chronic infections develop and there is less chance of infection being passed other cows a case of clinical mastitis which requires treatment occurs when there is heat swelling or pain the udder or there are changes in the milk such as having clocked in it or being watery that persists for more than three squirts of milk once you have found a case of mastitis it's a good idea to mark the cow first before treatment to make sure you don't forget to mark and isolate her after treatment using 70% alcohol spray after cleaning with water is a good way to disinfect your gloves it's good practice to take a milk sample from all clinical cases before you start treatment and ideally before the cow is milked if you detect the mastitis before milking label the tube first and using alcohol wipes or cotton balls soaked in 70% alcohol you need to scrub the ends of the teats before carefully opening the sterile milk tube discarding the first few squirts and collecting the milk on an angle in the tube so that dust is not brushed off into the sample tube samples can be refrigerated or frozen for processing at a later time aim to strip the cow a twirl before disinfecting the teat end a second time so that you don't introduce any bacteria during treatment then carefully remove the cap of the tube and try to only partially insert it to not damage the inside of the tea canal after putting the antibiotic in pinch the end of the teat and carefully massage the antibiotic into the quarter using thorough post milking tech disinfection as per normal and then draft the cow into the hospital group away from the main herd to reduce the chance of spreading bacteria to other cows following farm protocols like entering all treatments on a whiteboard or in the computer as well as milk company QA records is important to track mastitis in your herd and to be aware of all withholding periods you

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