Date : Thursday, 1 April 2010
Time : 3.00pm
Venue : Conference Room, Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute
Presenter : Kelly Plozza, Honours Student
This honours project discusses the current prevalence of subclinical mastitis within NSW and analyses associated risk factors. The honours project involved the collection of herd recording data as well as sending out questionnaires to participating dairy farmers. Statistical associations were made between farms with low and high prevalence of subclinical mastitis, using their herd recording data for the last 2.5 years, and answers from questionnaires were recorded and analysed for statistical associations with high or low prevalent farms. The results found in this study highlight the continuing importance of subclinical mastitis control on farms and the associated risk factors found in this study reiterate the importance of managerial decisions when developing control programs to prevent and minimise subclinical mastitis on farms.