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Control of mastitis is undertaken to improve animal welfare and economic performance. However, calculating the cost of mastitis and its control as well as the benefit of control is complex. A number of factors is involved and it is difficult to make reliable estimates of the cost effect of some of these factors. This report presents an approach to these problems and considers the limitations of the solutions available with calculated examples and comment on these calculations.
Keywords: animal welfare, antibiotic use, clinical mastitis, control, cost/benefit, cow replacement, culling, economic performance, emerging countries, farm economics, herd health, labour costs, losses, mastitis, milk yield, preventive medicine, quality payment, quota system, replacement, somatic cell counts, sub-clinical mastitis, sustainable, therapy, udder health, veterinarians
Based on the 4th IDF International Mastitis Conference recently held in Maastricht, The Netherlands, a complete overview of the current knowledge in the field of mastitis is now available.