Framework to evaluate and optimise decision making for mastitis control

Aims & Objectives
Evaluate optimal decision making in different farm circumstances as a critical element to mastitis control.

Expected Outcomes
Development of decision models which will be incorporated into the DairyCo Mastitis Control Plan software to inform on farm decision making.

Enable users of the DairyCo Mastitis Control Plan software to identify the management interventions that allow for the greatest health and financial benefits.

Reduce mastitis levels in UK dairy herd.

Start Date             
February 2012  

Completion Date
February 2016

Lead Contractor
The University of Nottingham

AHDB Dairy

Scientific literature

Down, P.M., Bradley, A.J., Breen, J.E., Hudson, C.D., Green, M.J. 2016. Current management practices and interventions prioritised as part of a nationwide mastitis plan. Veterinary Record. In Press. doi:10.1136/vr.103203

Down, P.M., Green, M.J., Hudson, C.D. 2013. Rate of transmission: A major determinant of the cost of clinical mastitis. Journal of Dairy Science, 96, 6301-6314

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