Quality milk starts with healthy cows
Milk quality is affected by wellness in many ways. Healthy, well-fed, comfortable and non-stressed cows will have a stronger immune system, allowing them to fight off more infection. Producers should be following the proper protocols before, during and after milking, and they also need a dry-off program.
When the health of a dairy cow is neglected, she is at risk of developing a mastitis infection. Mastitis is one of the most costly diseases on a dairy. Poor milk quality has four main economic impacts.
- Production loss/health impact due to subclinical infection
- Production loss/health impact due to clinical infection
- Reduced milk quality premiums
Check out the Milk Quality Focus video for more detail on achieving high milk quality. Work with your herd veterinarian to develop protocols to ensure the health of your dairy cows.