Welcome to the DairyCo Mastitis Control Plan website, part of a national mastitis initiative developed by veterinary surgeons and supported by DairyCo.
This website is a support resource for vets and consultants who deliver the plan. Should you be looking to locate a local plan user who can deliver the plan on your farm firstly speak to your vet to see if anyone in the practice is a trained user or alternatively visit the Plan Users Map on the DairyCo website.
Trained vets and consultants work with producers to identify the main causes of problems using milk records, clinical records and on-farm questionnaires. All this information is brought together to produce a farm-specific action plan detailing 'could', 'should' and 'musts' in terms of actions to tackle identified 'problem' areas.
Whilst mastitis in cattle is well controlled in an historic context, there has been much debate about its apparent resurgence in recent years. In view of these recent changes, and the lack of a structured, coordinated approach to understanding and solving mastitis problems in dairy herds, it was felt that there was a need to modify the industry’s approach to mastitis control to encapsulate a diagnosis and a whole farm approach.
The average cost of a case of mastitis has many variables and each farm will have its own set of problems and issues to take account of. Therefore, when looking at the impact of high cell count and mastitis on-farm, it is important to take all of these factors into account. Resources for plan deliverers such as cost calculators, recording sheets and procedure guidelines can be accessed via this resource.