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Contagious Mastitis Control in Dairy Cows

 

Objectives:

 

  1. Understand proper indications for the use of antimicrobials for contagious mastitis in dairy cattle.
  2. Understand the need to follow proper treatment protocols when using an antibiotic to treat individual cows for contagious udder pathogens.
  3. Understand how somatic cell counts and culture results are used to formulate a herd antibiotic treatment plan for contagious udder pathogens.
  4. Describe how antimicrobial treatment of contagious udder pathogens can be greatly reduced in herds by using effective mastitis prevention and control programs. 
  5. Understand the futility of using antibiotics to treat cases of contagious mastitis if the cow is to be returned to a herd where she will quickly become re-infected.

 

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