Table of Contents

Structure of teats and udder and mechanisms of milk synthesis.
Teat and udder defences against mastitis.
The mastitis organisms.
Milking machines and mastitis.
The milking routine and its effect on mastitis.
Teat disinfection.
The environment and mastitis.
Somatic cell count.
Bactoscan and total bacterial count (TBC).
Targets and monitoring.
Treatment and dry cow therapy.
Summer mastitis.
Disorders of the udder and teats.
Residue avoidance in milk.
Best practice guides. Mastitis in dairy herds is a worldwide problem, with significant implications for milk yields and quality, economic losses, and animal health and welfare - effective control makes a considerable difference to the farmer and the animal. This title includes chapters covering organic dairy herds, dry period infections, and best practice procedures.