About the book
Bovine mastitis is one of the most important bacterial diseases of dairy cattle throughout the world. Mastitis is responsible for major economic losses to the dairy producer and milk processing industry resulting from reduced milk production, alterations in milk composition, discarded milk, increased replacement costs, extra labor, treatment costs, and veterinary services. Current mastitis control measures are based upon good milking time hygiene; use of properly functioning milking machines; maintaining clean, dry, comfortable housing areas; good nutritional programs; segregation and culling of persistently infected animals; dry cow antibiotic therapy; and proper identification and treatment of cows with clinical and subclinical mastitis; establishing udder health goals; good record-keeping; monitoring udder health, and periodical review of the mastitis control program.
This book is a concise summary of mastitis, which mainly focused on etiological agents, epidemiology (occurrence or distribution, source of infection, species affected, transmission dynamics, prevalence or incidence rate, morbidity or mortality rate, methods of transmission, risk factors, economic impact, and zoonotic importance), pathogenesis, clinical manifestation, pathological and histopathological changes, diagnosis, control and prevention measures (treatment, vaccines, management, nutrition).
This book will serve as a textbook for dairy veterinarians, producers, dairy farm managers, dairy technicians, and dairy health scientific community.