Mastitis is one of the most common and costly diseases of dairy cattle and can be of significance in beef herds too. As well as causing heavy production losses, mastitis is a significant cause of culling, and in severe, acute cases can quickly lead to death. This inflammation can be caused by bacteria, which travel up the teat canal, colonize and multiply, leading to damage of the udder tissue.
It is important to recognize the dairy cattle herd in general and then the individual cows in particular for any health issues through attentive observation, touching, smelling and even by hearing sounds from cows. These are important points to identify health problems in the herd and to take appropriate action on time. This article will help you identify some of the most common yet fatal diseases and how to control and prevent them.