The British Mastitis Conference

Published 15 September 10

The 2010 British Mastitis Conference takes place on Wednesday 6 October, at Sixways Stadium, Worcester, with an interactive workshop on the 5 October.  This is the 22nd British Mastitis Conference and is targeted at researchers, consultants, dairy farmers and all those associated with the dairying industry.

This year's conference program has something for everyone but will be of particular interest to farmers as we've put a real emphasis on the practical aspects of mastitis control," says Ian Ohnstad, Chairman of the organising and scientific committee.

The conference will be opened by John Sumner who will look at the progress the industry has made in mastitis control over the past 30 years and the challenges ahead. Andrew Bradley from QMMS will provide an overview of the DairyCo Mastitis Control Plan followed by a practical perspective on the implementation of the Plan by veterinary surgeon Mike Kerby, and a view from dairy farmer Dan Norris on how the Plan has benefitted his dairy unit.

"As usual the conference program includes a series of research updates, which look at the very latest in mastitis research," Ian explains. " Jamie Leigh from Nottingham University will examine progress towards an effective treatment for Streptococcus uberis mastitis, a growing problem in UK herds.

"Hannah Pearce, from NMR, will look at PCR technology, a technology which NML have recently introduced and which uses DNA profiling of bacteria and reportedly provides a quicker more reliable result than traditional methods of bacterial analysis. Hannah will look at whether this really is the future of mastitis control.   We'll then look at the national mastitis picture with vet James Allcock when he presents information from the National Mastitis survey."

The afternoon session sees Alison Clark from GEA Farm Technologies speaking about what makes a good teat disinfectant. With something in the region of 180 disinfection products on the market it is not surprising that dairy farmers are confused as to what they should be looking for, especially as there is so little independent scientific evidence to support many of the claims.  "Alison will talk about the science behind the products, what is effective and what producers need to be looking for," states Ian Ohnstad.

"Jamie Robertson from SAC will also be taking a practical look at ventilation and its impact on mastitis.  Jamie will be looking at why good ventilation in housing is so critical in the fight against mastitis, especially that from the environment, and how to achieve it.

"Finally David Reid, Director of Milk Harvest, Science & Technology at Bou-Matic, Madison, Wisconsin, has agreed to close this year's conference, and will speak on the role of milking machines in mastitis. He'll be discussing some of the myths surrounding this area and getting down to the practical knowledge that really works," states Ian.

The Conference is going to be a valuable day for all those involved in mastitis control and at every level. For more information see the website at www.britishmastitisconference.org.uk.

There will be a workshop on the afternoon preceding the main conference.  This is very much an interactive training session, starting at 1pm on Tuesday 5 October and will look in depth at the subject of milk harvesting and mastitis control.," says Ian.  "The workshop will be co -presented by David Reid from Bou-Matic  and John Baines, Technical Director, Fullwood Limited.  John will look in particular at mastitis control in automatic milking systems while David will concentrate on more conventional milking technology", concludes Ian Ohnstad.

For further information go to www.britishmastitisconference.org.uk or contact Emma Palfreyman at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham on 0115 951 6283.