Identifying Gram-negative mastitis
Gram-negative mastitis used to be thought of just as Grade 3 mastitis. Today, however, that is not the case. Gram-negative mastitis also can be Grade 1 and Grade 2 as well.
Symptoms of Gram-negative mastitis:
- Grade 1 – clots, flakes
- Grade 2 – clots, flakes, udder swelling
- Grade 3 – also abnormal temperature, off feed, dehydration
Keys to effectively treating Gram-negative mastitis:
- Mastitis identification protocols: Do all milking technicians know how to properly identify mastitis?
- Culturing programs: Can you culture on farm or is there a local culturing facility where you can get rapid results?
Watch this Milk Quality Focus video where I go into more detail on the programs and protocols you and your employees need to follow to successfully identify and treat Gram-negative mastitis on your operation.