09: Hygiene in the shed? Let the cows tell you!

Welcome to this series on mastitis in dairy cows,
brought to you by the University of Edinburgh. This video is – Hygiene in the shed?
Let the cows tell you! Mastitis is the infection of the milk producing gland,
the udder. Bacteria invade the teat end via the teat canal
and cause an infection. Mastitis is a fight between bacteria invading
the udder and the cow fighting the infection. Hygiene in the shed? Let the cows tell you! There are many different systems depending
on the number of cows and the space they have. Clean cows means the system is working,
dirty cows means it needs attention. Clean cows will have less mastitis. All dairy farmers need to pay attention to
the hygiene practices that reduce the number of bacteria that are around
the teats and the mastitis they cause. Bacteria like warm, moist, dark, dirty conditions. Bacteria do not like dry surfaces, sunlight,
or detergents and antiseptics. Environmental mastitis much more common in
humid cattle housed in dirty conditions. So how do farmers reduce the number of
bacteria on the teats? – Ensure manure is removed from lying areas. – Check the length of the beds or standing alley
so that dung should go to dung alley. – Make sure that floors are sloped so that manure,
urine and water drain away from the cow areas. -There should be good drainage from the
cow and dairy areas. – There are regular daily and weekly cleaning routines. – Flooring should be appropriate to the number of
animals and conditions. – Make sure that there are no wet/muddy patches
for people or cows to walk through and broken concrete and damp areas are addressed. The shed should be easy to keep clean and dry. If it is not easy then it will not get done!

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