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6. Importance of udder evaluation in dairy cattle, udder health
Terms in this set (12)
Important to check up udders to avoid "bad breeders habit"
Why is an udder evaluation necessary?
Linear conformation system on functional traits. It is a 9 point scale
How is the estimation of conformation structured?
Stature, strength, foot angle, fore udder attachment
What is being evaluated in the estimation of the conformation?
Somatic cell count, udder conformation and milking speed
Which traits must be included in the mastitis resistance index
Udder depth, fore udder attachemnt and teat length
What does udder conformation include?
Important as mastitis is one of the three main diseases affecting dairy cows
Why is udder health important?
Suppresion of the immune system
What does mastitis cause?
They are at higher risk of ketosis and clinical ketosis is associated with a 2 fold increase in risk of mastitis
What happens to cows in negative energy balance?
Selenium, vitamin E, copper, zinc, vit A and Betacarotene
Which minerals and vitamins can affect udder health?
Annual milking machine test, post milking teat disinfection, dry cow therapy, give correct treatment and record keeping, good teat prep, good housing and bedding
Write udder health steps to prevent mastitis
Wash the teats and wipe dry with clean cloth, then check the foremilk for symptoms of mastitis
Explain the two first steps of milking concerning the udder health
Pre-dip teats, allowing time for product to work, then wipe dry with dry cloth.
At last attach cluster unit, making sure clusters are squarely attached and aligned
Explain the two last steps of milking concerning the udder health
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