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Beef Cattle Get Mastitis

Though we think of mastitis as more of a milk disease, beef producers still have to be vigilant for the requirement in their herds.

With higher milk cows and production being kept in herds more, both these factors have a inclination to increase mastitis incidence.

Mastitis cases can be smoldering during the long period beef cows are sterile (not raising a calf) and flare up right at calving.

Mastitis or inflammation of the mammary gland contributes to swelling in the infected quarter together with warmth and soreness. Affected cows may have a guarded walk because of the pain. These days, it is common to find infectious mastitis in cows

If a serious disease or when more than one quarter is concerned the cow may be febrile (feverish) and gloomy. 

Treatment strategy

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Stripping (hand milking) out the infected milk jointly with systemic antibiotics like penicillin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) as well as treatment with accepted products into the udder is my favorite method. This has the best chance of succeeding.

If in stripping out the quarter you discover air, these are often the serious ailments. The bacteria produce gas with toxins and can be life-threatening.

Unlike milk cattle where we must consider milk withdrawal this isn't an issue with beef cattle so using the sterile cow treatments is an alternative.

The dry cow therapies have much longer efficacy. They pose a viable choice for beef cows, which might be harder to treat.

Make sure that you comply with any slaughter withdrawal times because dry-cow infusions have slaughter withdrawals ranging from 30 days and more.

Follow your herd veterinarian's recommendations, as they may want to examine and initiate intensive treatment for cows which are very sick.

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