WESTERN DAIRY’S VET SCHOL­AR­SHIP STU­DENT HITS THE FIELD

Dairy News Australia - - ANIMAL HEALTH -

Fourth-year Mur­doch vet medicine stu­dent Liz Cork and her su­per­vi­sor Herb Ro­vay have been in field this month col­lect­ing data from An­thony and Mel An­fuso’s dairy farm at Old­bury as part of a mas­ti­tis re­search pro­tect col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Mur­doch, Western Dairy and Dairy Aus­tralia. Mas­ti­tis is the most preva­lent and costly pro­duc­tion dis­ease in dairy herds world­wide and the Aus­tralian dairy in­dus­try has been at the fore­front of de­vel­op­ing early in­ter­ven­tion man­age­ment strate­gies This lat­est study is aimed at fur­ther im­prov­ing early-iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and on-farm man­age­ment sys­tems and will in­clude an eval­u­a­tion of the per­for­mance of hand-held cell­count de­vices that if val­i­dated may be­come another tool in the mas­ti­tis man­age­ment kit. “Our ul­ti­mate goal through the com­bined re­search ef­forts is to be in a po­si­tion where we can dra­mat­i­cally re­duce an­tibi­otic use — but that can only hap­pen through pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures and early de­tec­tion,” said Liz. Ac­cord­ing to Liz’s su­per­vi­sor and Mur­doch’s bovine health and man­age­ment lec­turer Herb Ro­vay, the strate­gies for op­ti­mal an­i­mal health he ad­vo­cates to quickly iden­tify and fix any flaws in the milk pro­duc­tion sys­tem be­fore it costs the farmer money. “Ev­ery farm visit I re­mind my­self that most well fed and well man­aged cows are prof­itable and very few get sick,” Dr Ro­vay said. “The project we are work­ing on with Liz is help­ing to quan­tify how much bet­ter we can be at that man­age­ment and in this case in par­tic­u­lar re­la­tion to mas­ti­tis.”

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