Dairy Cattle

Successfully tackling mastitis – just a matter of striking the perfect balance

Presented in English.

Whereas 10 to 15 years ago, when I graduated from University, on 9 out of 10 herd visits we conducted, we could achieve and maintain good udder health by implementing some straightforward measures such as wearing gloves during milking, pre-dipping, optimizing the milking routine, disinfecting milking clusters after having milked a cow with a high cell count or clinical mastitis, and increasing the cleaning frequency of cubicles. Nowadays, we are more often confronted with farms experiencing an outbreak of clinical mastitis or a worrying high bulk milk somatic cell count, although the farms are generally well managed. Preventing and tackling mastitis on a dairy farm is no longer just a matter of lowering the infection pressure on the farm, but rather of striking the perfect balance between the infection pressure the cows are exposed to and the immunity of the cows. In this webinar, I like to touch upon the basic pathogenesis of bovine mastitis, the importance of the cow’s immunity in preventing and tackling mastitis and how to optimize the immunity of cows from science into practice.

Piepers graduated as a vet in 2005 and since that time she has been a member of M-team UGent. After graduation, Sofie immediately started working on her PhD on heifer mastitis at the Department of Reproduction, Obstetrics and Herd Health. In 2010, she obtained her degree of Doctor in Veterinary Medicine at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Ghent University (Belgium). She is currently managing director of MEX™ (www.mexcellence.eu), a spin-off of Ghent University that is specialized in the development of trainings and tools to make mastitis management easy for vets and other dairy advisors. Since 2019, she is also appointed as visiting professor at Ghent University. She is passionate about mastitis and milk quality. As a veterinarian and researcher, Sofie uses her expertise to coach and train vets in mastitis management and encourages them to become the best udder health experts they can be. She loves networking, collecting new information at scientific conferences, and later turning that knowledge into practice. In 2014, she was co-organizer of the first National Mastitis Council Regional Meeting outside the US and Canada. As well, she is co-editor-in-chief of M²-magazine (www.m2-magazine.org).
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