On-farm culturing improve mastitis treatment

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UW-Extension milk quality specialist Pam Ruegg will provide an informative workshop for dairy farm employees (and owners) featuring tips and recommendations for improved treatment of clinical mastitis.

The event is set for Feb. 24 at the VFW Post, 111 E. Main St., Alma Center. The workshop will begin with lunch at 12:30 p.m. followed by the workshop from 1 to 3 p.m.

Dr. Ruegg will discuss the science behind healthy udders and teats, and how to recognize signs and symptoms before problems arise. While farms have made vast improvements with regard to somatic cell count and mastitis treatment, the disease remains the top expense with respect to dairy cattle treatment costs.

Attendees will examine a checklist for setting up an on-farm laboratory for successful culturing.

'On-farm culture systems do not need to be expensive or elaborate however a designated workspace is required, along with a couple of key components,' Ruegg said.

Information presented at this program will be available in English and Spanish. For more information or to register contact the Jackson County UW-Extension at (715) 284-4257.