Mastitis reduces the milk yield of individual infected cows and the profit potential of the entire dairy operation. A study published in 2015 showed the cost per case of clinical mastitis in the first 30 days of lactation is $444.
Breakdown of costs for clinical mastitis:
Milk production loss: 31%
Veterinary fees and drug costs: 24%
Loss due to discarded milk: 18%
Cost due to excess labor demand: 4%
Loss due to premature culling: 23%
Let’s take a closer look at each of these costs and consider the implications for your dairy:
Reduced milk production is the highest cost linked to a mastitis case. However, the amount of loss depends on several factors. For example, a first-lactation cow with mastitis will have an average milk yield loss of 0–9%, while second- or later-lactation cows can experience higher yield losses. Milk production losses can also vary by breed, herd size, and region.
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