Light quarters.

Have been doing some analysis on our mastitis rates etc as we have red tractor at the end of the month and want to be prepared for anything.
it looks like we will end up treating fourteen cows for the season or just under 6% with a further 4 heifers coming in light in at least 1 quarter.
I have identified areas of cubicle management that can be improved upon.

however of the 14cows treated 70%of them are now light in that quarter and a further. 14% lost the quarter altogether.
what can I do to improve the situation.
thanks in advance.
 

In the pit

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Livestock Farmer
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Pembrokeshire
Cows that get mastitis will never milk fully on that quarter for the rest of the season
You need to try to stop the cows getting mastitis in the first place which is easier said than done
 

sidjon

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EXMOOR
Are they related on dam or sires side? We noticed some family line are causing a higher %of mastitis? Of they are culling could be the quickest route to reducing you mastitis rate and think is there a vaccine for strep ubris now?
 

In the pit

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Pembrokeshire
Heifer due any day and rest freshly calved
 

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farmboy

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Dorset
Are they related on dam or sires side? We noticed some family line are causing a higher %of mastitis? Of they are culling could be the quickest route to reducing you mastitis rate and think is there a vaccine for strep ubris now?
 

jerseycowsman

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cornwall
We treat with antibiotics and then 4 or 5 days later do another California test. If still a bit gloopy we give them a couple of garlic boluses. 80% of them end up with no cell count problems and no lost quarter.
 

In the pit

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Livestock Farmer
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Pembrokeshire
Had one heifer calve in with mastitis one had mastitis about 10 days after calving which are obviously picked up in dry period, and after a bit of rain
Had one cow with mastitis about week after calving, but she is a bit different as she had mastitis twice in last lactation
Calved just under half herd
Always had strep uberis with cows out at grass after rain after a dry period
 

Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

Written by Lisa Applin

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In July, we opened the applications window for farmers to join our Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot.

The Sustainable Farming Incentive is 1 of the 3 new environmental land management schemes. It sits alongside the future Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery schemes.

Through the Sustainable Farming Incentive, farmers will be paid for environmentally sustainable actions – ones that are simple to do and do not require previous agri-environment scheme experience.

We are piloting the scheme to...
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